EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The Missouri-St. Louis men's basketball team saw their season come to an end after falling to top-seeded and fourth-ranked Southern Indiana 93-63 in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. The Rivermen (9-19) were led by Jonathan Griffin (St. Louis, Mo./Normandy) with 17 points while Southern Indiana (24-4) had six players in double figures.
Southern Indiana got off to a quick start, scoring the first five points of the game, before UMSL finally got on the board. The Rivermen got a bucket from Derrell Minner (New Madrid, Mo./New Madrid Central) for their first points, and tied the game on a three pointer from Joey Paul (Highland Park, Ill./
Highland Park) to make it a 5-5 game. USI then used a couple of small runs, and edged out to a ten-point lead at 23-13 with nine minutes remaining in the half. UMSL kept it a ten-point game thanks to some three-point shooting from Sherome Cole (Sikeston, Mo./Richland), who hit three field goals from long range in the opening half. The Screaming Eagles then closed the half with four straight points to lead 43-27 at halftime.
In the second half, the Rivermen cut the lead down to 12 points at 51-39 after a basket by David Ward (Maryland Heights, Mo./DeSmet) made it 51-39 with 16:11 left in the game. From there, Southern Indiana scored the next ten points to open it up to a 24-point lead to take control of the game and cruised from there for the 93-63 win.
The Rivermen were led by Jonathan Griffin with 17 points. Joey Paul added 14 points, including four three pointers, and Sherome Cole scored 10 points off the bench. USI controlled the game with hot shooting, hitting 64.3% (36-for
-56) from the field, including 77.3% in the first half to take control of the game.
UMSL ends its season with a 9-19 record on the year.