USI Men Fall to Cedarville for First Loss of Season

The University of Southern Indiana Men's Basketball team lost for the first time in the 2021-22 season with a 101-88 loss at Cedarville University Monday evening.

Posted: Nov 23, 2021 7:50 AM
Updated: Nov 23, 2021 8:03 AM

The University of Southern Indiana Men's Basketball team lost for the first time in the 2021-22 season with a 101-88 loss at Cedarville University Monday evening in Cedarville, Ohio.

The Screaming Eagles had the hot hand in the first half, hitting 57.7 percent from the field (15-26), but trailed by 12 points at the half, 55-43.The Yellow Jackets matched the Eagles in the offensive performance by hitting 77.3 percent from the field (17-22), taking advantage of 11 USI turnovers. Cedarville had a 19-13 advantage in points off turnovers during the first 20 minutes.

After the Eagles found themselves down 19 points (53-34) with two minutes left until halftime, USI went on a 9-3 run to cut into the deficit. Senior guard Trevell Cunningham had all nine of the USI points to end the half and completed the first 20 minutes with a team-best 14 points.

Cunningham was held scoreless in the second half and followed with his 14 first half points, while Junior guard Jelani Simmons and senior forward Clayton Hughes rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

USI, ranked 16th nationally in the D2SIDA Top 25 poll, begins the year 1-1, while Cedarville rises to 2-3.

USI concludes a two-game road swing Wednesday night when it heads across the Ohio River to play Kentucky Wesleyan College in the Owensboro Sports Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

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