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Friday, February 9, 2024

* UE Alum Matt Williams to Hold Book Signing

Evansville native and UE alum, Matt Williams, is gearing up for his hometown book launch and signing event, and you're invited to join in the celebration.

Matt's book, "Glimpses: A Comedy Writer’s Take on Life, Love, and All That Spiritual Stuff," is set to be released next week, and what better way to commemorate this milestone than by gathering together at the Evansville Barnes & Noble?

During the event, Matt will be signing copies of his book, sharing excerpts, discussing how his Evansville upbringing and education influenced his career, and answering any questions you may have. As a proud UE alum, Matt specifically wanted to extend this invitation to our university community.

Event Details:

What: Glimpses Hometown Book Launch & Signing

Where: Evansville Barnes & Noble

Date: Saturday, February 17

Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

See more details by visiting this link.

Submitted by University Communications
* February 2024 Board of Trustees | Front Oval Parking

The February 2024 meetings of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees will be held on campus Friday, February 16, and Saturday, February 17, 2024. Parking in front of Olmsted Administration Hall and the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration will be reserved for University Trustees. Employee parking on the front oval will be limited on both days.

Submitted by Abby Murphy
* Wellness Day on Monday, February 12

Wellness Day will take place on Monday, February 12. This day is an opportunity for both students and employees to take a break from day-to-day responsibilities and focus on mental and physical health. All UE academic departments and administrative offices will be closed, but dining services will operate with adjusted hours. Café Court will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and Chick-fil-A will be open from noon until 8:00 p.m. Rademacher's Café will be closed. The library will remain open on Wellness Day.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Upcoming Events

* UE Alum Matt Williams to Hold Book Signing

Evansville native and UE alum, Matt Williams, is gearing up for his hometown book launch and signing event, and you're invited to join in the celebration.

Matt's book, "Glimpses: A Comedy Writer’s Take on Life, Love, and All That Spiritual Stuff," is set to be released next week, and what better way to commemorate this milestone than by gathering together at the Evansville Barnes & Noble?

During the event, Matt will be signing copies of his book, sharing excerpts, discussing how his Evansville upbringing and education influenced his career, and answering any questions you may have. As a proud UE alum, Matt specifically wanted to extend this invitation to our university community.

Event Details:

What: Glimpses Hometown Book Launch & Signing

Where: Evansville Barnes & Noble

Date: Saturday, February 17

Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

See more details by visiting this link.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Lecture on Human Impact on Environment in Bronze Age Greece

Join us for a talk by Archaeobotanist Rebekah McKay.

When: Friday, February 9, 4 pm

Where: Hyde Hall 14

Title and Description: Our Field, Your Forest: Common-Pool Resource Management and Sustainability in the Pylian Kingdom

The Bronze Age on mainland Greece is a period in prehistory that is at once rich in archaeological and documentary evidence and beset with inscrutable mystery. We have testimony of the minutiae of state bureaucracy, palatial administrative centers, and a rich mortuary landscape. Yet we still debate the nature of basic power structures, the flow of resources and commodities, spheres of influence over behavior, wealth, and community autonomy, and the state formation processes. To address these persistent questions it is important to investigate a particular, if ignored, angle: human-environment engagements. To this end, I examine the interface between the institutional environment in Bronze Age Messenia and their common-pool resources (CPRs); whether formalized systems of rules and penalties related to resource procurement were instituted; whether demographic, political, or economic conditions influenced institutional change; and in what ways CPR management institutions intersected with palatial power structures in the period of state formation.

Submitted by Alan Kaiser
* Nerd Wars Is Coming - Register Your Team

Calling all trivia nerds!

Team sign-ups are now open for this year’s Nerd Wars trivia competition, scheduled for Monday, March 25 at 6:00pm in Eykamp Hall. The Honors Program invites you to form your team of five competitors to battle in a competition of wits for prizes and bragging rights. Teams of students, faculty, administrators, and staff are welcome to register.

Both spectators and competitors can enjoy pizza and snacks at the event, as well as the nerdiest-dressed competition and the chance to receive giveaway prizes!

Register online now at this link:

Registration is free for the event. Those who are unable to compose a team of five may still register and will be matched to form a team. The registration deadline is Friday, March 1.

Please contact Rafay at rk166 with any questions.

Submitted by Jayme Williams
* UE Music Conservatory hosts Dr. Ryan Fogg

The UE Music Conservatory will host a Guest Recital "Piano Music of Debussy and Ravel" by Dr. Ryan Fogg of Carson-Newman University (TN) on Friday, Feb 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall. The program will feature extended and shorter selections for solo piano by Debussy and Ravel, highlighting their tendencies toward neoclassical structures and impressionistic sonorities. The recital is free and open to the public.

Submitted by Mary Beth Deig
* Build-A-Buddy

SAB and RSA will be hosting Build-A-Buddy on February 13, 2024! Students will be allowed to pick one animal and stuff it themselves with the provided supplies!

Submitted by Abbi Kaup
* Valentine's Hot Chocolate in SOBA

Come see us in SOBA from 9a to 1p on Valentine's Day for a cup of hot chocolate to warm your heart!

Submitted by Ka'Bria Carr
* Join us for the Venturing Crew 365 spring break trip

Join Venturing Crew on March 1-March 6 for a trip to remember in North Carolina for only $75!

We will have 2 spring break options!

Hanging out in a base camp exploring the mountains, waterfalls while in a cabin that is right on a mountain lake.

There will also be a second group, weather permitting that will be backpacking the Art Loeb Trail!

Email me at to ask more questions and sign up!

We will also have tables at the following dates and times if you want to learn more and sign up!

Feb 1 Thursday (12:30-2:30)

Feb 2 Friday (1-3)

Feb 9 Friday (12:30-2:30)

Feb 15 Thursday (4:30-6:30)

Feb 16 Friday (12:30-2:30)

Feb 22 Thursday (12:30-2:30)

Submitted by Ezekiel Grant
* We Love Harlaxton Day - February 14

It is no surprise how much UE loves Harlaxton.

That is why we are inviting you to celebrate with us on February 14 for a special "We Love Harlaxton Day!"

Wear your Harlaxton gear on campus on Valentine's Day and you might get a sweet treat from a patroller.

Submitted by Abigail Perry
* Lunch and Learn-I am NOT My Hair

Join the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion along with UE panelist for a discussion on their FREEdom of their hair in showing up in higher education settings.

Lunch will be provided and registration is required (scan the QR code to register) OR click to register.

Submitted by Melissa Moore
* Catapult Student Leadership Conference

The Catapult Student Leadership Conference is a half-day event full of networking and leadership development. Each year, attendees gain leadership-related knowledge from a destinguished keynote speaker and a variety of breakout sessions put on by community leaders and UE faculty/ staff.

This year, speakers include (but are not limited to):

- City of Evansville 35th Mayor, Stephanie Terry

- Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Rachel Carpenter

- Marketing Coordinator for Evansville Promise Neighborhood, Irais Ibarra

Register using UEngage before February 5 to secure your place. The first 50 students will receive a free gift. Lunch is included.

Submitted by Abagail Christine Catania
* Shannon Bourn Art Exhibit

The Department of Art is pleased to welcome the spring 2024 Efroymson Artist in Residence, Shannon Bourn. Her exhibit, "I SEE YOU", will be open from January 22 - February 24, 2024 in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Ms. Bourn will lead a student lecture and several student workshops during her residency in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. These events are supported by the Efroymson Family Fund.

Please plan to attend the public reception and lecture in the Melvin Peterson Gallery on Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 pm.

Submitted by Carol L McCraney
* Vanderburgh Co. Health Department mobile STD testing coming to campus

Free STD testing event on Friday, February 9th from 11:30-2:30 in lot H by the Carson Center. Look for the Vanderburgh Co. Health Department mobile unit for incentinves, information, and free testing! Anyone is welcome!

Submitted by Tara Ulrich

Changemaker Corner

* Global Scholars Application Now Open

The Center for Innovation & Change is happy to announce applications once again are open for the Global Scholars program. This will be the 18th cycle of funding for our incredibly innovative faculty, made possible by John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund. Details at

Any faculty member can apply (cross-curricular collaborations are encouraged!) to receive funding for travel and research abroad. While all proposals are considered, priority is given to work that involves changemaking, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or work that can be applied in a beneficial way for the world upon return. If someone wants to get feedback on a potential idea, they can contact Executive Director Erin Lewis ( or ext. 5002, text is best at 812-449-1044) or Director of Field Innovation Derek Jones ( directly to help develop proposals.

Deadline to submit a proposal is March 31. Awards will be notified shortly after that, and all details on proposal specifics are at The page includes all past recipients if you would like to see the kinds of proposals that have been funded previously.

Submitted by Andrew Carter
* ChangeLab Awarded $10,000 to Improve Local News

The University of Evansville's Center for Innovation & Change is excited to announce that Evansville NewsLab, a UE ChangeLab, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Listening Post Collective, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovative community-driven journalism projects.

The grant will support the ChangeLab in expanding its efforts to foster community engagement and promote civic journalism in the Evansville area. The funds will be used to enhance the organization's community outreach initiatives in Spring 2024 as they conduct community-wide research through surveys and focus groups to help develop a civic journalism hub in Evansville.

"We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from the Listening Post Collective," said Andrew Carter, Associate Director of UE's Center for Innovation & Change and coach for the NewsLab course. "We are committed to adding a civic journalism component to local news that promotes a more vibrant media landscape with better informed and engaged citizens." Evansville NewsLab will be making more announcements about the initiative as it rolls out in 2024.

The Listening Post Collective focuses on supporting projects that prioritize community voices, encourage civic participation, and foster inclusive and equitable journalism practices. The grant reflects the organization's recognition of the NewsLab's dedication to amplifying diverse perspectives and building bridges between local residents, local government, and the media.

"We are excited to partner with Evansville NewsLab ChangeLab and support their goals of making local journalism more accessible and representative," said Grace Northern, Program Officer at the Listening Post Collective. "Their commitment to empowering citizens through civic information aligns perfectly with our mission, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact of their projects on the Evansville community."

Evansville NewsLab is proud to partner with Our Times, Evansville's Black-owned newspaper, to establish a community-driven civic journalism model in Evansville and encourages residents of Evansville and the surrounding areas to get involved in shaping the narrative of their community. The grant will facilitate focus groups, listening sessions, and survey distribution to empower individuals to tell their own stories and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive local media landscape.

About Evansville NewsLab ChangeLab

ChangeLabs are academic courses offered at the University of Evansville for students to earn academic credit while working on projects that make an impact in the community. Evansville NewsLab is a community-driven journalism initiative dedicated to fostering meaningful connections between media outlets and the local community. Through innovative projects and collaborative efforts, the lab seeks to amplify diverse voices and empower citizens to actively participate in shaping the narrative of Evansville. Students in this the NewsLab are mentored by Steve Burger, Andrew Carter, Erin Hempfling, and Guy Sides.

About Listening Post Collective

Listening Post Collective is a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes community-driven journalism projects. By providing grants, resources, and guidance through their Civic Media Playbook, the organization aims to empower communities to create their own narratives, fostering a more inclusive and participatory media landscape.

Submitted by Noah Alatza

Info You Should Know

* Getting Involved with UEclipse

Activities are being planned for Monday, April 8, beginning at 11:00 a.m. as the eclipse approaches totality at 2:02 p.m. If you or your student organization is interested in providing an activity, please contact Kelsey Rowland at and copy Paula Heldt at by March 1.

Learn more about the eclipse by visiting,

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* Shepard Brass performs in Owensboro

The UE Shepard Brass Quintet performed a concert at the Kentucky Wesleyan College, Tapscott Chapel on Monday, February 5, 2024. The Shepard Brass Quintet is the UE faculty brass quintet with members: Dr. Timothy Zifer, trumpet; Dave Jarett, trumpet; Professor Rebecca Salo, horn; Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz, trombone/euphonium; and Dr. Pat Stuckemeyer from KWC, tuba.

Submitted by Kenneth Steinsultz
* 2024 - 2025 Tuition Remission Applications Now Available

The Tuition Remission applications for the 2024 - 2025 academic year are now available on the HR sections of MyUE:

Submitted by Lori LeDuc
* Mardi Gras Meal

Come join us in the Eatery on February 13 for a Mardi Gras inspired lunch! Featuring gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, and more!

Submitted by Ka'Bria Carr
* Delightful is BACK

We are lighting up the week with KINDNESS! Mark your calendars for Feb 12 through 16th where we will be giving away goodies at our DELIGHTFUL event!

Submitted by Ka'Bria Carr
* University Chaplain Rev. Andy Payton Named to Evansville Interfaith Council

Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry recently announced plans to create an Interfaith Council. Among the religious leaders appointed to the council, UE Chaplain Rev. Andy Payton has joined the group, which will advise Mayor Terry on matters that affect the spiritual, faith, and religious well-being of the community.

The Council will also assist in planning community Interfaith gatherings and programs that foster education and inclusivity in schools, businesses, and within the larger community; and will work to address issues of discrimination, bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia, antisemitism, and Islamophobia.

Submitted by Noah Alatza
* GBHEM United Methodist Scholarship Application Deadline

The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry awards scholarships to United Methodist college students in the United States. The Fall 2024 deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 13th. To apply or get more information about the application process, visit

Submitted by Amber Chandler
* New Total Fit Class

Hello everybody! I am excited to announce that Total Fit is back! Total Fit is a fitness class that focuses on having a strong body, mind, and sprirt. This class is open to anyone and everyone regardless of your current fitness level. Please come wearing athletic clothes and shoes, and bring a water bottle! We will be meeting once a week every Wednesday morning in the Carson Center from 8:30-9:30 am, in the aerobic room (the room with all the mirrors).

If you have any questions please contact Owen Lawrence (

Hope to see you at our first class on Wednesday, January 24th!

Submitted by Owen Lawrence
* Road Trip Hosts Needed

Camp Road Trip - February 23-25. 2024

Register today to be a Road Trip Host!

The Office of Admission needs current UE students who live in a residence hall or Jones Hall to host prospective high school seniors for Road Trip. Deadline to register is February 9th.

Please contact Heather Cook (, Alli Haley ( or Jennifer Troutman ( with questions.

Submitted by Jennifer Troutman


* Saturday road tilt at Murray State up next for UE men

Looking to clinch its first 5-game Missouri Valley Conference win streak since the 1998-99 campaign, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team travels to Murray, Ky. to face Murray State on Saturday.  Tip is set for 3 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

Last Time Out

- Avenging a 36-point loss in Peoria on Jan. 10, the Purple Aces hung on for a 73-70 win over Bradley on Wednesday evening

- It also halted an 11-game win streak the Braves had enjoyed against UE, dating back to Jan. 6, 2018

- Evansville opened the night on a 15-2 run and held a 32-27 halftime lead

- The Braves jumped in front by as many as three points in the second half before UE hit all six free throw tries in the final minute to seal the victory

- Ben Humrichous led the team with 14 points while Josh Hughes and Tanner Cuff scored nine apiece

Making it Look Easy

- Antonio Thomas is one of the most efficient free throw shooters in the MVC and his most important effort came against his former squad

- With UE clinging to the lead in the final minute against Bradley, Thomas calmly hit all four of his attempts to clinch the victory

- He has hit 85.7% of his attempts this season and is 5th in the Valley; he has converted 15 attempts in a row since 1/17

- Thomas has returned to form over the last 3 games, averaging 9.0 PPG

Taking Matters Into His Own Hands

- Entering the final minute in the win over Bradley, Ben Humrichous would not be denied as he converted a 3-point play that gave UE the lead for good

- He led the team with 14 points and picked up 3 assists and 3 steals in 27:46 (his highest minute total since Dec. 18)

- At Valpo, Humrichous played 24 minutes and tallied 8 points and 3 boards; in his first game back against UIC, his presence was immediately felt as he finished with 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists after missing the 3 previous games and 8 out of 9

- He remains one of the most versatile players in the MVC and the stat rankings are indicative of that: scoring (11th | 15.0 PPG), FG% (8th | 51.8%), 3PT% (2nd | 43.0%), blocks (7th | 1.19/game)

Four More

- Kenny Strawbridge Jr. is absolutely locked in on the defensive side of the floor

- Over the last 7 games, he has 18 steals (2.6/game) and has multiple swipes in each of those outings, including 4 in the win over Bradley

- His season average continues to rise and he is second in the league with 1.87/game

- Offensively, he led UE at Valpo with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and is fourth on the team with 9.5 PPG on the season

Picking His Shots

- Over the last two games, Josh Hughes is 6-for-9 from the field and 3-4 from outside while scoring nine points in both contests

- Since Jan. 13, Hughes is shooting 53.8% (14/26) from long range

- Evansville is 11-1 in games where Hughes converts at least 50% of his attempts

- Hughes has a block in 5 consecutive games and is tied for 5th in the MVC with 1.25/game

Scouting the Opponent

- Murray State enters Saturday’s game with a 9-15 overall mark and are tied with UE in the MVC standings at 6-7

- The Racers fell to Belmont by a 69-64 final on Wednesday in Nashville after earning a 71-43 road win at UNI last Saturday

- MSU took the first meeting against UE on Jan. 6 by a score of 81-59

- Four players average double figures for the Racers with Rob Perry pacing the squad with 12.8 points per game

- JaCobi Wood and Quincy Anderson hold averages of 12.2 and 11.6 PPG, respectively

- Nick Ellington averages 11.0 points and a team-high 6.1 caroms

Submitted by Athletics
* Softball opens 2024 season on Friday

Action officially begins for the University of Evansville softball team as they are in Elon, N.C. for the Elon Softball Classic.

Friday’s opening day features games against Miami Ohio and Kent State.  The Purple Aces open Saturday with a rematch versus the Golden Flashes before squaring off against Elon.  UE completes the weekend on Sunday with another contest against the RedHawks.  Miami is the defending Mid-American Conference Champion and won two games in the NCAA Regionals.  Miami won 39 games a season ago.

Evansville’s 2024 squad brings back a wealth of experience with 20 players from last year’s team coming back.  UE finished the season with a 22-32 mark but excelled at home, going 15-8.  The entire regular starting lineup from 2023 returns including 5th-year player Hannah Hood and Jess Willsey, who had the top batting average for the Purple Aces.

Jenna Nink and Hood batted .267 and .265 in 2023, respectively.  Alexa Davis led the team with 7 home runs, 24 RBI and 18 steals.

In the circle, the Purple Aces see their top three pitchers from last season return in 2024.  Megan Brenton posted a team-best 2.23 ERA while earning six saves.  Sydney Weatherford led the team with six wins while recording a 3.33 ERA.  Mikayla Jolly was third on last year’s team with a 3.58 ERA and made 21 starts.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE women's basketball makes northern MVC road swing

The Purple Aces will look to get their first conference win of the season on the road as they visit Chicago on Friday and Valparaiso on Sunday. UE saw both teams only two weeks ago on its home court to close out the month of January. Evansville had a close loss to the Flames while the Beacons pulled away for two losses. The Aces hope to use their recent play with both teams to see different results this weekend.

UIC comes into Friday's game with back-to-back losses following their win over UE in January. The Flames had a last-second loss to Valpo on Sunday in Credit Union 1 Arena as the Beacons hit a baseline layup with 1.3 left in the game. In the team's last game Evansville saw its first second-half lead of MVC play in a gritty match-up against the Flames. Foul trouble for UE in the game's final five minutes hindered the Aces in the nine-point loss. Post players center Barbora Tomancova, forward Nevaeh Thomas, and forward Maggie Hartwig all scored in double-figures to lead Evansville on offense.

The Beacons picked up their third Valley win on Sunday in Chicago. Valparaiso is on a two-game win streak that started in Evansville almost two weeks ago. Along with a dramatic win against UIC, the Beacons had their best game behind the arc with 14 made treys. Freshman forward Nevaeh Jackson matched the program's freshman record for 3-pointers in a game, knocking down six triples, while guard Olivia Brown was four-for-four behind the arc.

It was another fight to the finish for the Aces in a close back-and-forth affair against Bradley. Evansville swapped the lead five times with the Braves while also tying the game up on seven different occasions. But no made shots in the final two and a half minutes signaled the end for UE as they dropped the close contest 79-72 to Bradley. While the result on Saturday night wasn't what the Aces had hoped for, they did play in an electric environment. For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Evansville hosted almost 100 local members of the community for a clinic and the evening game. It was a loud and supportive environment for UE while battling with the Braves.

Junior guard Julia Palomo had a season-best game from the floor on Saturday night. Palomo set a new career-high for field goals made in a game by hitting four against the Braves. She also tied her current career-high in scoring with nine points in 22 minutes.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE Athletics teams up with Fifth Third for National Girls and Women in Sports Day Event

In a community event that served close to 100 members of the Evansville community, the University of Evansville Athletics Department teamed up with Fifth Third Bank to hold a National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration on Saturday.

“Our inaugural UE National Girls and Women is Sports Day was a huge success,” UE Director of Athletics Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried exclaimed.  “This special day would not have been possible without the support of Fifth Third Bank. A big thank you to Fifth Third Bank, the NGWSD Committee, our female student-athletes, and all the participants. We look forward to continuing this event in the future.”

A full afternoon was on the docket for the local youth who numbered close to 100 in attendance.  Female Purple Aces student-athletes took part in a clinic that saw the attendees go from station to station as to experience multiple facets of sports.  Participants played softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf and track while spending time with some of UE’s Athletic Trainers to learn about those operations.

“This event brought together some of the most important values that Fifth Third Bank stands for – community, education and mentorship,” John Raisor of Fifth Third Bank said.  “We were pleased to team up with the University of Evansville to put on an unforgettable event that impacted so many within the Evansville community.”

Aces Spirit Squad members got things started, spending time with the participants to teach them a few cheers before everyone split into smaller groups.  After moving through all stations of the clinic, the attendees enjoyed a meal that was made possible by Fifth Third Bank before attending the UE women’s basketball game inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.  Families of the clinic participants joined them for the basketball game, adding over 300 to the crowd.

The reach of the day’s events was not limited to members of the local community.  Prior to the clinic, a luncheon for UE’s 120 female student-athletes, female sport coaches and female administrators and staff took place.  Aces Deputy Athletics Director for Internal Operations Sarah Solinsky moderated a panel with women’s sports pioneer Lois Patton and former women’s basketball player Kiya (Griffin) Lander.

Going forward, the department has aspirations to hold the event on an annual basis while seeing its reach expand and continue to have an impact on the local community.

Submitted by Athletics
* Aces take down Bradley in thriller at the Ford Center

In an epic battle that came down to the final buzzer, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team outlasted Bradley to take a 73-70 victory inside the Ford Center.  Ben Humrichous’ 3-point play in the final minute put the Purple Aces on top before Antonio Thomas and Gage Bobe combined to go a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final seconds to seal the win.

“Bradley is a really good team and are the defending champions in our league.  We knew they were going to make a run,” UE head men’s basketball coach David Ragland stated after the win.  “To be up 17 points and not only for them to chip away and tie the game and also take the lead, for our guys to respond and find a way, that says a lot about our character.  We hit some big shots when we needed to.  Every single punch that Bradley delivered – I thought our guys responded.”

Wednesday’s landmark victory put an end to an 11-game losing streak against the Braves.  Over the last five games entering tonight, Bradley had beaten UE by an average of 35.8 points per game, including an 86-50 contest on January 10 in Peoria.  The last Evansville win came on January 6, 2018 – a 68-44 win at the Ford Center.  With the victory, UE earned its fourth victory in a row.

Humrichous led UE with 14 points along with a 5-of-5 showing from the line.  Josh Hughes and Tanner Cuff posted nine apiece while Antonio Thomas scored eight.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. led UE with six rebounds and four steals while tying for the team lead with three assists.  Bradley had four players in double figures with Duke Deen leading the way with 15.

Evansville’s first two field goals of the night belonged to Yacine Toumi, who gave the Purple Aces a 4-2 advantage.  Hitting four of their opening five attempts, UE extended the lead to 9-2 on a Ben Humrichous triple.  Cam Haffner provided an immediate spark upon entering the game, draining back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 15-2 start.  The defense for UE held the Braves to a 1-for-10 start with three turnovers in the first six minutes of the game.

Things continued to go Evansville’s way as the lead reached 17 points at the 7:08 mark when a pair of Humrichous free throws extended the lead to 28-11.  Tanner Cuff knocked down an outside shot in the run.  As the half wound down, Bradley made its way back.  Outscoring UE by a 16-4 margin over the remainder of the period, BU chopped the Aces lead to 32-27 at halftime.

A balanced attack was key to Evansville’s success in the first half as all nine players who took the floor scored at least two points in the first 20 minutes.  Haffner and Toumi led the Aces with six apiece at the break.

Hitting four of their first six attempts in the second half, BU tied the game at 36-36.  Their defense held UE to a 1-of-7 start.  They followed that up with a triple to take their first lead of the night.  Facing their first deficit of the contest, Evansville hit its next four shots to jump back in front at 44-41.  As the game entered its final 12 minutes, it was Gage Bobe taking his turn to shine, connecting from downtown to make it a 49-44 game.

Both teams continued to battle.  After the Braves jumped in front at 54-51, Chuck Bailey III tied it up on a triple before Josh Hughes scored five in a row to put UE in front at 59-57 with 5:54 on the clock.  Just over two minutes later, it was Kenny Strawbridge Jr. coming through in the clutch.  He drained a trey to give Evansville a 63-61 edge.

Inside the final minutes of play, a Duke Deen field goal put BU on top by a score of 65-64.  That would be their final lead of the game.  On the ensuing UE possession, Humrichous converted a 3-point play to put Evansville back in the lead.  Following a Bradley miss, Antonio Thomas was fouled and calmly knocked down both free throw tries.  Thomas added two more from the charity stripe before Bobe hit a pair in the final ten seconds to solidify a 73-70 lead.

Down to its final possession, Bradley grabbed an offensive rebound following a 3-point miss.  Connor Hickman made a last ditch effort to hit the game-tying triple; it sailed through the bottom of the net, but the ball left his hand a fraction of a second after the clock read all zeroes giving Evansville the win.

UE shot 42.6% for the contest with Bradley checking in at 42.4%.  One of the most pivotal stats that finished in the Aces favor was points off turnovers as UE finished with a 16-2 advantage.  Taking back to the road this weekend, the Aces will be at Murray State on Saturday for a 3 p.m. match-up.

Submitted by Athletics

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