Feb. 2, 2010
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri used a run at the end of the first half and another to start the second half and went on to defeat Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 68-49 Tuesday night at the Show Me Center.
SIUE men's basketball dropped to 3-19 and now moves on to play North Dakota on Friday at the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE was tied with SEMO 22-22 in the first half. SEMO, 7-15, rallied for the final six points of the first half to take a 28-22 lead. SIUE would not score until five minutes into the second half as SEMO ran off the first 13 points.
The Cougars made a 13-1 run to come within single digits midway through the second half behind Mark Yelovich. However, Yelovich fouled out of the game with 10 points after having played 13 minutes of the contest.
SIUE was then missing its top two scorers with Aamir McCleary sidelined with a hip injury that occurred in the Murray State game.
SIUE Coach Lennox Forrester said it did affect his team by not having McCleary and Yelovich in the lineup.
"He was scoring and getting to the free throw line," said Forrester.
Cody Rincker stepped up for a career-high 13 points, including hitting his first four free throw attempts of the season.
"Cody came in and gave us some good minutes offensively and defensively," noted Forrester.
SEMO's Marland Smith led all scorers with 17 points. Anthony Allison added 12 for the Redhawks.
With Yelovich fouling out and three other players finishing with four fouls, Forrester said he was still pleased with his team's defense.
"I thought we did a good job on the defensive end. We were getting stops on the defensive end," said Forrester.
SIUE struggled from the field, hitting 30.4 percent (14-46) of its shots. SEMO countered with 47.9 percent shooting (23-48).