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* Libraries Announces December Intersession Hours

UE Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during the December Recess beginning on December 12 and concluding on January 6. Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at either 812.488.2376  or wflouden@evansville.edu

  • Wednesday, December 12: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 13: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 15: CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 16: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 17: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 18: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 19: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 20: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 21: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – Tuesday,, December 22–January 1: CLOSED
  • Wednesday, January 2: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 3: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 4: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 5: CLOSED
  • Sunday, January 6: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 7: Resume regular hours
* Attention Cardholders

Due to the Christmas Break, the Pcard Cycle Reconciliation for December has been extended an extra day!  Cardholders will have until Monday morning, January 7, to finish the December Reconciliation process.
 

Sympathy to...

* Condolences to Pam Young and Family

Condolences to Pam Young, administrative assistant in Exercise and Sport Science, whose mother passed away on Thursday, December 20. Monica (Devault) Mindrup was 87. Visitation was Wednesday, December 26 at Browning Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, December 27 at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Athletics

* Troy Taylor Named to 2013 Bob Cousy Award Watch List

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the watch list of candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. Over 80 candidates have been nominated for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission with Mr. Cousy to celebrate and honor the top collegiate point guards in the country,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This list represents a large range of college basketball’s top student athletes from across the country. We are excited to recognize these players for their continuous hard work and dedication.”

Representing the University of Evansville on the list is senior Troy Taylor.  The Anderson, Ind. native leads Evansville with 6.5 rebounds per game along with 42 assists and 15 steals on the season.  On top of all of that, Taylor is scoring an average of 5.5 points while playing 29.5 minutes per game.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around January 1st, final 10 near February 1st, and final five by approximately March 1st. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation’s top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

* No. 12 Creighton Downs Evansville As Taylor Notches Triple-Double

University of Evansville senior Troy Taylor registered just the second triple-double in program history, but it was Creighton who picked up the victory, taking down the Purple Aces by an 87-70 final on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center.Taylor finished the game with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.  Reed Jackson had the only other triple-double for UE (7-6, 0-1 MVC), doing so versus New Hampshire on January 3 of 1995 as he finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.  It was also the first triple-double in the history of the CenturyLink Center, which is in its 10th season of existence.  In terms of MVC history, it was the 36th one by a Valley player and only the second since the 1999 campaign.

Leading the Aces was Colt Ryan, who notched 25 points for the second-straight game.  Doug McDermott was the game’s leading scorer, tallying 29 points for Creighton (12-1, 1-0 MVC) to go along with 10 boards.  Greg Echenique also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.

Lewis Jones got the Aces started off on the right foot with a layup on Evansville’s opening possession before Creighton responded with eight in a row.  The Bluejays hit a pair of threes while opening up an 8-2 lead.  Jordan Jahr knocked down a trey of his own to end the run.  The quick start continued as Creighton hit five of its first seven shots en route to a 14-5 advantage just over four minutes into the game.

The Bluejays continued to extend the lead, going up by a 19-5 tally as the Purple Aces hit just two of their opening eight attempts from the floor before later notching four out of 18 shots.  Creighton opened their largest lead at 31-14, hitting five early threes before a quick 6-0 run got UE back within 11 at 31-20.  Greg McDermott ended the run with another one of CU’s seven first-half three-pointers. 

Despite the struggle in its shooting, Evansville continued to hang around and would go into the break trailing by just 11 points.  Colt Ryan, who set a career mark with 43 points in last year’s visit to Omaha, scored ten in the first half while grabbing four rebounds.  McDermott led everyone with 13 tallies in the first period.

Evansville’s rally to end the first half continued into the second frame as they reeled off the first two field goals to make it a 7-point deficit at 45-38.  Austin Chatman put a quick stop to that run, hitting another trey, hit third on three attempts to that point.

The treys kept falling as the Bluejays matched their largest lead with 12 minutes left as Ethan Wragge made it 10-of-16 from long range for CU to make it a 63-46 lead.  On the ensuing possession, Creighton made it a 9-0 stretch as they opened up a 19-point advantage on a McDermott jumper.

Creighton’s advantage stayed in the 20-point range over the remainder of the game, going to as many as 21 prior to the 87-60 final.

Three-point shooting was the primary difference as the Bluejays finished hitting 12-of-24, including 11 of their opening 17 attempts.  Evansville started 1-of-12 before finished with a 3-for-14 performance.  Creighton also dominated the boards to a tone of a 43-27 final.
After being away from home since December 18, the Aces will be back at the Ford Center on Wednesday evening to open up the home portion of its MVC schedule, welcoming Missouri State to town for a 7:05 p.m. matchup.  Next Saturday, UE will be back home once again to face one of the league’s surprise teams in non-conference play – Southern Illinois.  The Salukis finished up non-conference play with a 7-4 mark after being picked to finish in 10th place in the preseason poll.

* Hajderovic, Opperman Among Nation's Top Freshmen

A pair of University of Evansville men’s soccer freshmen were named among the nation’s best by TopDrawerSoccer.com.  Faik Hajderovic and Nate Opperman were both selected to the website’s postseason Top 100 Freshman list, as Hajderovic was ranked 58th and Opperman was tabbed 96th.

Hajderovic, a NSCAA/Continental Tiere All-Midwest Region Third Team selection, led the Purple Aces offensively with 15 points on five goals and a team-best five assists.  The St. Louis native also attempted a team-high 45 shots and led UE with 20 shots on goal.  In addition to his all-region selection, Hajderovic earned All-Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention recognition and was named to the All-MVC Freshman Team, MVC All-Tournament Team and ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team.

Opperman joined Hajderovic on the All-MVC Freshman Team and appeared in 18 matches this season for Evansville, making 16 starts.  Opperman finished his freshman campaign with six points on three goals, with all three being game-winners.  The Olathe, Kan., native was named to the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team and attempted 21 shots on the year with 10 being on frame.

Evansville finished 9-8-1 overall in 2012 and tied for third in the final MVC standings with a 3-2-1 mark in league play.

* Troy Taylor Named MVC Player of the Week

On the strength of the second-ever triple-double in University of Evansville history, senior Troy Taylor was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week today.  He shares the honor with Cleanthony Early of Wichita State.

Taylor notched just the 36th triple-double in Valley history and the second in the league since the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign.  Jake Odum of Indiana State did so last season.  His feat consisted of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assistsin Saturday’s game at Creighton.  A threat to pick up a triple-double every time he steps on the floor, Taylor is the Aces leader in rebounds, assists and assist/turnover ratio, is the only player in the league to be ranked in the top ten in each of those categories. 

Taylor's effort versus the Bluejays included ten points, ten rebounds and ten assists.  On top of all of that, he registered a pair of steals and his first blocked shot of the season.  The 6-0 point guard has led the Aces in rebounding on 19 occasions over the last two years, a team-high while leading Evansville in in assists 18 times over that same span.  Taylor's feat marked the first triple-double for UE since Reed Jackson did so against New Hampshire in 1995.

It is the first such honor of Taylor’s career and the second for UE this season.  D.J. Balentine earned MVC Newcomer of the Week honors on December. 10.

* Evansville To Host Missouri State In Home MVC Opener

Looking to improve to 1-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will play host to Missouri State at the Ford Center for a 7:05 p.m. game on Wednesday evening.In their first Valley game of the year, the Aces fell by an 87-70 final at No. 12 Creighton on Saturday; the loss dropped them to 7-12 in its 19 conference openers since joining the MVC in 1994.  Last season’s home Valley opener saw Evansville post a 78-60 victory over Southern Illinois

Troy Taylor recorded 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on his way to just the second triple-double in UE history versus Creighton.  It marked the 36th triple-double in MVC history and the second in as many seasons as Jake Odum of Indiana State had one a year ago.  The only other time it happened in program history was when Reed Jackson did so vs. New Hampshire on Jan. 3, 1995; he finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

For the first time since the opening three games of league play last season, Colt Ryan has recorded back-to-back 25-point outings after scoring 25 in the last two games at Butler and Creighton; last season’s streak saw him begin MVC play with 25 against SIU, 29 at Northern Iowa, 31 against Wichita State and 25 at Illinois State.  Ryan continued to add to his record-setting career at Creighton, tallying a steal to increase his total to 152 in his career, with five steals against Butler, Ryan became the all-time UE leader in that category; the Batesville, Ind. native stands at 152 in his career, two ahead of former record holder Reed Jackson.

Evansville earned just its second 3-game sweep over an MVC opponent by taking all three games over the Bears a season ago, UE also did so versus Wichita State in 1999.  Two of those games went to overtime as UE averaged a 6-point win in those three games.  Five Aces averaged double figures, led by Colt Ryan’s 17.7 per game.  While most stats were close, two things stick out that led to UE’s wins; Evansville shot 83% from the free throw line while MSU hit just 67.9% of its attempts; the Aces also did a better job of taking care of the ball, averaging 9.7 turnovers while forcing Missouri State into 15.3 per game.

Missouri State earned its third win of the season and first against a D-I opponent by taking a 70-59 win over Southern Illinois in hits home opener on Sunday, their other wins came over Philander Smith and Malone.  After facing two of the top shooting teams in the country, Evansville faces one of the lowest-ranked offenses as the Bears are 312th or lower in the nation in several offensive categories including: shooting percentage, 2-point shooting, 3-point shooting and free throw percentage.

The Bears lead the Valley and are 14th nationally in turnovers per game, averaging just 10.8.  Anthony Downing is tops amongst the MSU scorers, posting 13 points per game while shooting 38.3%, he led the way against the Salukis with a 16-point outing, including a 7-7 performance from the line.  Marcus Marshall averages 9.8 points while Christian Kirk has posted 9.6

Evansville will be back at home on Saturday to face rival Southern Illinois.  The game, which will be televised on the MVC Network, will tip at 8 p.m.

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