One particular stat sums up how well USI played in its 25-point victory over the University of Indianapolis on Thursday night — UIndy’s leading scorer did not have a basket, the first time that’s happened to Reece Cheatham all season. He went 0-for-9 from the field, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range — this from a man who came into the game with 42 3-pointers. USI’s Kenyon Smith and Ben Jones just wiped him out of the offense, forcing him so far out when he caught the ball that he could do little but dribble. Seems Kenyon (and USI) lived up to how he said the Eagles needed to play defense (scroll down to my earlier post, headlined “Guard play,” before the game and it sounds exactly what they did tonight).
Of course, this is the second time the Eagles have handed UIndy a double-digit loss this season. USI just seems to match up with the Greyhounds perfectly. It has the size advantage in 6-10 Keith DeWitt, but it’s also much, much quicker than UIndy — the Eagles beat the ‘Hounds down the floor time and again Thursday night. I don’t think they would want a third shot at USI in the GLVC Tournament.