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Cougars Open Cancun Challenge Tuesday

Nov. 21, 2011

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SIUE (0-2)
vs. Lipscomb (1-3)
Tues., Nov. 22, 12:30 p.m.
Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, Mexico

vs. Hampton/Sacred Heart
Wed., Nov. 23, 12:30/3 p.m.
Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, Mexico

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TOURNAMENT TESTED
The Cancun Challenge represents the fourth consecutive in-season tournament SIUE has participated in. The Cougars opened the Division I era by playing in the inaugural Chareston Classic in 2009. In 2010 SIUE was a part of the Drake Hy-Vee Classic, while last season's schedule included the IBN Las Vegas Classic.

THE OPPONENTS
Lipscomb, of the Atlantic Sun, has started the year 1-3. The Bisons dropped tournament games at Illinois and Illinois State. Lipscomb returns two starters from a team that went 17-13 last season. SIUE and Lipsomb have met three times, all coming since the start of the 2008- 2009 season. Lipscomb is 3-0 in those games.

Hampton, of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference, is 1-1. The Pirates lost at Richmond Thursday and faced Rutgers Sunday. Hampton returns three starters from a season ago, when the Pirates were 24-9. Hampton appeared in the NCAA tournament last season, falling to Duke in the second round. The Cougars and Pirates have never met.

Sacred Heart, of the Northeast Conference, is 2-2 to open the season. The Pioneers have losses at Rutgers and Richmond in the Cancun Challenge. Sacred Heart returns four starters from the 2010-2011 team that finished 11-18 overall. SIUE and SHU have never met.

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