PREVIEW: Cougars Set For First Visit to Austin Peay
SIUE (5-9, 1-3) at
Austin Peay (5-13, 1-3)
Thu., Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
SIUE snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday's win. In the past two years, each of SIUE's first OVC wins have come against Tennessee Tech.
LAST TIME OUT
SIUE men's basketball used a strong defense and a balanced offense to earn its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the year, a 58-54 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday at Vadalabene Center. Michael Messer and Jerome Jones were the only Cougars to score in double figures, but three other SIUE players scored at least seven points. Messer led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Jones scored 13 points. Messer was 7 of 8 from the free throw line, including hitting five in the game's last 15 seconds. Mark Yelovich chipped in nine points and five rebounds. Kris Davis scored eight points and dished out a game-high six assists. Derian Shaffer scored seven points while grabbing five rebounds. Ray Lester added five points while tying his career high with six rebounds.
SCOUTING THE GOVERNORS
The Governors have lost nine of their last 10 games and are coming off a 71-68 home loss to Murray State. Each of APSU's last four losses have come by three points or less. The Govs lead the OVC with a .423 three-point percentage and boast four players with three-point percentages better than 40 percent. Travis Betran leads the team in scoring with a 17.8 average. Chris Horton is the rebounding leader with an average of 6.6 per contest.
The two schools have met only one time in men's basketball. The Govs claimed the 80-67victory, last January in Edwardsville.