Inside help needed

USI’s easy men’s basketball victory over Bellarmine on Thursday night masked a continuing problem for the Eagles since the season-ending injury to Aaron Nelson — a lack of scoring and rebounding from the Eagles’ forwards. Keith DeWitt had a monster game, of course, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds and going 6-for-8 from the field. But USI got little from his teammates in the paint. Taylor Wischmeier did score eight points but pulled down just one rebound. Manny Ogunfolu did not score and had one rebound. Austin Davis, playing more inside than in the past, also did not score and finished with two rebounds. So, in 55 total minutes of playing time, inside players not named DeWitt scored eight points, totaled four rebounds and went 4-for-10 from the field. Orlando Rutledge had six boards, but that’s not really his job. Lawrence Thomas, USI’s 5-9 point guard, had four rebounds. If DeWitt has an off night, it could get ugly.

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