Turns out there are several USI men’s basketball players who have pulled down 20 or more rebounds in a game. Aaron Nelson, who set a school record with 27 in Saturday’s victory over Kentucky State, is now one of five Screaming Eagles to do the deed, according to longtime USI sports information director Ray Simmons. The first, of course, was Ralph Schickel, who set the record with 23 rebounds (while scoring 28 points) during USI’s win over Purdue North Central (note the correction — the opponent WASN’T the Purdue Boilermakers; I misread the record book listing) on Feb. 2, 1974. Then Spider Rowser, a member of USI’s Athletic Hall of Fame, scored 30 points and pulled down 20 rebounds against Marian College during the 1974-75 season. Next was Cully Nelson, who had 32 points and 20 rebounds against Bellarmine during the 1982-83 season. Finally, there was Duron Hebron. In 1992-93, he scored 36 points (with 20 coming at the free-throw line) and snagged 21 rebounds in a victory over, coincidentally, Kentucky State, which was a member of the GLVC at the time.
UPDATE: Former USI standout Chad Gilbert sent me a note on Monday, Dec. 16, saying he’d been left out of the 20-rebound club. He said he had 22 points and 20 rebounds — or vice versa, he wasn’t sure — against Wisconsin-Parkside in 1996. Recall that Gilbert played for those stellar Bruce Pearl teams of the 1990s.