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South Dakota Topples Cougars 100-76

South Dakota Topples Cougars 100-76

Jan. 9, 2010

Box Score

VERMILLION, S.D. - Despite a season high from SIUE's Aamir McCleary and career highs by Cody Rincker and Denykco Bowles, the Cougars dropped a 100-76 decision Saturday night at South Dakota.

In a pairing of two men's basketball teams reclassifying to Division I, South Dakota used home court advantage to push past the Cougars, 2-14. The Coyotes shot 59.6 from the field and hit two-thirds of their shots in the second half.

McCleary led SIUE with 24 points and seven assists. Rincker, making his first start of the season in place of the injured Mark Yelovich, scored 11 points.

Bowles recorded the first double-double of his SIUE career, scoring 14 points and adding 11 rebounds. Both were career highs for Bowles. SIUE's 76 points was the most the Cougars have scored this season.

South Dakota, 7-8, matched the Cougars with a number of season scoring highs. Tyler Cain pumped in a game-high 26 points and 15 rebounds while Louie Krogman and Roman Gentry added 19 and 18 points, respectively.

The Cougars looked sharp early, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. However, South Dakota took a seven-point lead by halftime after hitting 18 of 33 shots in the first half.

"We didn't play hard on the defensive end," said SIUE Coach Lennox Forrester.

South Dakota's offense kicked up another notch in the second half. The Coyotes hit 16 of 24 shots and finished the game with 10 three-pointers.

SIUE next heads to Kennesaw State to take on the owls Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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