Men's basketball plays first home games of 2014 this week
January 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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Thursday, Jan. 9, 7:45 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind.
Rockhurst Hawks at 19 UIndy Greyhounds
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Saturday, Jan. 11, 3:15 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind.
William Jewell Cardinals at 19 UIndy Greyhounds
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No. 19 UIndy welcomes inter-division foes Rockhurst and William Jewell to Nicoson Hall Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Rockhurst brings a 4-6 record into play this week and are 0-3 in GLVC play after hosting a pair of top-10 teams last week. The Hawks fell to eighth-ranked Southern Indiana, 86-68, on Friday before dropping a 92-64 decision to No. 2 Bellarmine Sunday.
As a team, the Hawks top the GLVC and rank eighth in Division II in free throw accuracy (.784). They average 8.9 made 3-pointers per contest, good for third in the league. However, their overall field goal percentage (.426) is last in the conference and among the bottom third of all D-II teams.
Brandon McCann leads the Hawks in scoring (16.9 ppg) and steals (1.6 spg)Through 10 games, the senior guard has already 32 triples to his credit - tied with Maryville's Armon Provo for most on the GLVC.
"Rock U" is led by long-time head coach Bill O'Connor. Named the GLVC Coach of the Year in 2009, O'Connor owns a 262-284 (.480) in 19 years at the university. He is the all-time winningest coach in program history.
GREYHOUNDS vs. HAWKS
Thursday's opponents are an even 4-4 in head-to-head meetings. UIndy has won the last three, however, including an 86-74 win at Rockhurst last January. The Greyhounds led by 21 points early in the second half, but the host Hawks managed an 18-3 run to pull within six with nine minutes left. The Hounds took care of business down the stretch, however, pushing the margin back to double digits for the final three minutes while sinking 7-of-8 free throws in the final 74 seconds.
Then-senior James Hollowell led the Hounds with 2 points and eight boards, Reece Cheatham amassed 18 points and five assists, and Tyrae Robinson added 17 points off the bench.
ABOUT WILLIAM JEWELL
The 5-6 Cardinals are looking to climb back to .500 Thursday at Saint Joseph's. Like Rockhurst (and many other GLVC teams of late), Jewell failed to pick up a win in last week's trip to USI and Bellarmine. WJC is 1-2 in conference action with its win coming in a 97-94 home triumph versus Rockhurst back on Dec. 5.
Four Cardinals average in double figures, led by junior Jordan Lewis (16.1 ppg) and senior Devonte Bell (15.5 ppg). Meanwhile, sophomore Dwight Sistrunk tops all GLVC players with 6.8 assists per game, Lewis ranks fourth in 3-point percentage (.516) and freshman D'Vante Mosby sits in sixth with 8.3 rebounds per contest.
Jewell is one of only four GLVC schools shooting better than 40 percent from the 3-point arc. They rank fourth in the league in both 3FG percentage (.413) and total 3FGs made (90).
As the longest-tenured men's basketball coach in the GLVC, Holley has compiled an impressive 762-373 (.671) in 35 years at Jewell. His career win total of 849 is good for third among all active Division II coaches and 10th among active NCAA coaches at all levels.
In addition, Holley has garnered 14 Coach of the Year awards, is the member of five Halls of Fame and the William Jewell basketball court is named in his honor.
GREYHOUNDS vs. CARDINALS
UIndy and Jewell have hooked up just twice in their collective history, with the Hounds taking both decisions. After defeating the Cardinals 94-75 in the 1965-66 season, UIndy's took the teams' only recent meeting with a 80-61 road win in January of last season. The Hounds raced out to an early 19-4 lead and went on the out-rebound their hosts by a sizable 41-28 margin.
UIndy earned a split in last week's western road trip, downing Missouri S&T, 86-82, before falling, 83-69, at No. 3 Drury.
The Greyhounds won their ninth straight with the four-point win at S&T Friday night. Facing a 62-58 deficit midway through the second, the Hounds managed a game-changing 14-4 surge that ultimately put them up for good. Seniors Reece Cheatham scored 23 and Tyrae Robinson 21 to lead the way.
Two days later, UIndy took on the defending-national-champion Panthers, looking to snap their 33-game win streak. The Hounds trailed by just two at the break but shot just 30 percent from the field in the final period. Meanwhile, Drury, who shot 57 percent in the second half, managed a 12-3 run midway through the second that proved too much to overcome.
With Cheatham and Robinson each reaching the 20-point plateau at S&T, it marked the third time two Greyhounds scored 20 or more in the same game this season. That feat was accomplished just twice all of last season.
UINDY'S 20-POINT PAIRS THIS SEASON
Another statistical significance came in the S&T game, as UIndy knocked down 25-of-29 free throw attempts, good for a season-high 86 percent. Cheatham and Robinson combined to sink all 18 of their shots from the stripe, with Cheatham's 10-for-10 performance representing the most FTs made without a miss by a Greyhounds since former UIndy All-American Adrian Moss went 14-for-14 versus Northern Michigan Nov. 26, 2011.
Senior Reece Cheatham is on the verge of joining an exclusive group, as the Pike High School grad enters the week a mere nine points shy of becoming the 36th student-athlete to score 1,000 points for the Crimson and Grey.
In 67 games in a Greyhound uniform, Cheatham has averaged 14.8 points per contest. At that pace, the 5-11 guard would crack the school's top 20 in career points before season's end.
The Greyhounds are 18-3 (.857) at Nicoson Hall over the past two seasons, including a perfect 4-0 mark at home this year.
The Greyhounds slipped three spots to No. 19 in the latest NABC/Division II Top 25 Poll. The Hounds have received votes in six consecutive polls and have now been in the top 25 the last four.
With the UIndy women's basketball team ranked 16th, UIndy is one of only six school in Division II with both basketball teams ranked in their respective polls.
GREAT LAKES, GREAT SHOOTING
UIndy ranks fifth in the 16-team GLVC in field goal percentage at 53 percent, but that number is also good for sixth in the entire nation. Five of the Division II's top-six best-shooting teams and seven of the top nine hail from the GLVC.
DIVISION II LEADERS IN FG PERCENTAGE
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