Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Eagles Get Leg Up with Break Time off on Campus Helps USI's McClure, Hogg Rest

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Eagles Get Leg Up with Break Time off on Campus Helps USI's McClure, Hogg Rest

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Spring break apparently has been good for Isaac McClure. Not that the senior forward on the University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team left campus like his schoolmates. But he and the rest of the Screaming Eagles got Monday and Tuesday off from practice.

They hope that will make a difference in today's NCAA Division II Midwest Regional quarterfinal game against archrival Kentucky Wesleyan.

"It's been good for my legs," said McClure, named the Most Valuable Player in last week's Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. "But getting two days off was kind of weird."

Still, a mostly empty campus seems to have been good for senior guard Brandon Hogg.

"As far as outside distractions, having the campus to ourselves has given us a chance to just focus on basketball," he said. The Eagles' focus has been especially good lately.

USI (24-6) won four straight games to capture its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title since 2007. Now, seeded second in the regional in Louisville, Ky., and ranked sixth nationally, it faces the Panthers (21-7), seeded seventh and ranked 18th. Tipoffis 1:30 p.m. CST.

The last time these teams played, KWC came away with a 69-54 victory at Owensboro, Ky., in the regular-season finale Feb. 23.

"We did a pretty good job keeping them out of the lane," said Panthers coach Todd Lee.

Since then, McClure has averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while Hogg - named to the GLVC all-tournament team, the All-GLVC first team and second team all-Midwest Region - has averaged 19.3 points.

"We've been using our defense as our offense," Hogg said. "Get (the other team) tired, get them on their heels, we can get some easy baskets. And we've been able to find that spot where everybody is just clicking."

That's what worries Lee. "You turn it over, and they are gone," he said. "They convert very quickly. We've got to keep them in front of us. …

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