Feb 27, 2018
No. 8 SIUE Cougars (9-20, 5-13 OVC)
vs. No. 5 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (18-13, 10-8 OVC)
Ohio Valley Conference Championship Opening Round
Wed., Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Ford Center (10,000)
Radio: 887 the Sound (Joe Pott, Brad Barnes)
Live Video: OVCDigitalNetwork.com
Bob Belvin, Ray Giacoletti
Live Stats: ovc.statbroadcast.com
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com
The 2017-18 season marks the 50th season of SIUE men's basketball. The men's basketball program began with the 1967-68 season, under Naismith Hall of Famer Harry Gallatin.
SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris is in his third season at the helm of the Cougars. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois, is 21-66 overall.
The Cougars are returning to the OVC Tournament for the fist time since the 2015 tournament in Nashville, Tenn. SIUE also played in the tournament in 2014. The Cougars are 0-2 all-time in OVC Tournament play.
SIUE men's basketball dropped a 68-56 decision Saturday at Eastern Illinois in the regular season finale. SIUE led early in the contest, but trailed 32-28 at half. The Cougars took their first lead of the second half when Jalen Henry hit a pair of free throws to make it 45-43 with 9:06 left. The Cougars had a 50-49 lead after a layup from Christian Ellis with 7:46 to play. Eastern Illinois proceeded on a 14-0 run and led 63-50 with 1:01 to play in the game. Henry led the Cougars with 20 points. The senior now has 1,045 points, which ties him for No. 12 all-time in scoring. Fellow senior Keenan Simmons turned in a double-double of 12 point and 10 rebounds. Ray Crossland led Eastern Illinois with 18 points.