The University of Evansville held a memorial service yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of an airplane crash that killed 29 people, including the entire men's basketball team.

The team plane, a twin-engine DC-3, crashed in rain and heavy fog on Dec. 13, 1977, shortly after takeoff from Evansville Dress Regional Airport to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for a game against Middle Tennessee State.

"There is never a good time to lose someone you love, but what made this event so hard was the loss of so many lives," university president Stephen Jennings said during the service at Neu Chapel.


* Power forward Stuard Baldonado, one of five Duquesne players shot 15 months ago, forfeited his college eligibility by signing with a professional team in Miami. He was suspended from school this year after two arrests on drug charges and a third for aggravated battery in a domestic case in Miami. He was not eligible to apply for reinstatement to Duquesne until 2008-09.

* Indiana freshman Eric Gordon is expected to play tomorrow against Western Carolina after sitting out a game with a bruised tailbone. *