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Cougars Fall to IPFW

Feb. 23, 2010

Box Score

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The SIUE Cougars shot a season-low 20 percent (13-64) from the floor Tuesday, falling 78-40 to IPFW in the Cougar men's basketball team's final road game of the season.

In a sign of things to come, SIUE missed seven of its first eight shots Tuesday night. After IPFW scored first, Aamir McCleary hit a three to put the Cougars up 3-2, but that was to be the last time the Cougars would lead.

"Things didn't go our way early," SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said. "We really didn't come out ready to play."

Two free throws by IPFW's Nick Plackemeier with 12:20 to play in the first half stretched the lead to 11 points and IPFW's lead was never again below double-digits.

IPFW, 15-13, led 36-20 at the break.

Nikola Bundalo led the way for SIUE, scoring eight points. McCleary and Anthony Mitchell each scored seven for the Cougars, 4-23.

IPFW had three double-digit scorers. Senior Deilvez Yearby, playing in his final home game, paced the attack with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The 20 percent field goal percentage and the 13 field goals were both season lows for the Cougars. SIUE also hit just 13 field goals on February 10 vs. North Dakota.

SIUE will finish out the 2009-2010 season Thursday night when they play host to Hannibal-LaGrange in the second half of a hoops doubleheader at the Vadalabene Center. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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