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PREVIEW: Cougars Stay Home to Host Robert Morris Saturday

Feb. 11, 2011

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SIUE (6-19) vs.
Robert Morris-Springfield (12-13)
Sat., Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Vadalabene Center

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THE SERIES
Series Record: SIUE leads 7-0
Last Meeting: W 92-71 1/21/10 at SIUE
First Meeting: W 81-47 12/30/03 at SIUE
Record at SIUE: 7-0
Record at RMU: 0-0
Neutral: 0-0
Largest SIUE win: 34, Twice, Last: 103-69 11/22/06
Largest RMU win: N/A
Current Streak: Won 7

TONIGHT'S OPPONENT
Robert Morris-Springfield is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The Eagles are 12-13 this season. They are led by senior Steve White who averages 20.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The Cougars have not lost to Robert Morris in seven tries all-time.

LAST MEETING
In their last meeting, in January 2010, the Cougars defeated Robert Morris 92-71. Nikola Bundalo and LeShaun Murphy each scored 16 points to lead the Cougars in the win. For Murphy, the 16 points remain a career-high. Zeke Schneider scored a career-high 6 points in the game as well.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Cougars have four games remaining including tonight's game. Three of those games are at home. This comes after SIUE played 14 of its first 21 games on the road.

FREE BASKETBALL
After not playing an overtime game since 2008, the Cougars played overtime in three straight home games earlier this season. The Cougars won Jan. 8 over South Dakota 94-85. SIUE also prevailed over Kennesaw State 77-76 on Dec. 11. The Cougars fell at home to Middle Tennessee 73-64 on Dec. 4.

TOURNAMENT CHAMPS
The Cougars won the Upper Division Championship at the IBN Las Vegas Classic Dec. 22 and 23 after finishing with a pair of wins at the Orleans Arena. SIUE defeated Longwood and The Citadel en route to the title.

GET TO THE POINT
SIUE scored a season-high 94 points in the win over South Dakota. This after scoring a season-low 46 points in each of its previous two games.

CHITT CHATT
Junior Cornelius Chatt has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games, and averaged 18.4 points a game over that stretch. He now has five 20-plus point games this season. He is second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.6 points a game.

COUNTING ON COREY
Junior point guard Corey Wickware leads the team in scoring with an average of 12.1 points a game. The transfer from Wabash Community College scored a career-high 26 points Jan. 8 against South Dakota. It was his third 20-plus point effort this season. Wickware has scored in double figures in 18 games this year.

ALL-TOURNAMENT
Wickware was named to the IBN Las Vegas Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 18 points over the two games.

BIG NUMBERS FOR BUNDALO
Nikola Bundalo grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in the Cougars' loss to Murray State and has five double-digit rebound games this year. Bundalo scored a career-high 25 points against MacMurray earlier this year and has three double-doubles this season. He is now third on the team in scoring (9.4 ppg) and leads in rebounding (6.1 rpg).

BUNDALO'S CAREER
The senior center has enjoyed a fine career in a Cougar uniform. He is 21st on the career scoring list with 832 points. His career field goal percentage of .596 is sixth best. He has 98 blocked shots in his career, ranking fourth.

SIXTH MAN
Senior Cody Rincker has started four games recently after coming off the bench to start the season. He scored a career-high 14 points in the win over Greenville. He was named the Independent (no conference affiliation) Sixth Man of the Week by statsheet.com after averaging 10 points over two games in Las Vegas in December. He scored 12 points in SIUE's win over Longwood, where he was 4 of 5 from three-point range, and eight points against The Citadel. He leads the team, shooting 40 percent from three-point range.

NICE DEBUT
Freshman Michael Messer has had a successful start to his career. He has made 21 starts this season, second-most on the team. Messer poured in a career-high 24 points in the win over Kennesaw State. He is fourth in scoring (8.2 ppg) and second in rebounding (3.2 rpg) among regulars. He is second on the team with a .453 field goal percentage (72-159).

CONSISTENCY
Messer is the only player to have scored at least a field goal in every game this season.

HOW MAY I ASSIST YOU
Kevin Stineman tied his career best with six assists against South Dakota. He leads the team with 66 assists, an average of 2.6 a game.

SHARING THE WEALTH
Nine different players have led the team in scoring this season. Wickware and Chatt have each led the team eight times. Eight different players have led the team in rebounding. Bundalo has led the team 13 times. Dob Mavrak has led the team in rebounding five times.

FROM WAY DOWNTOWN
Five different players have at least 14 three-pointers this year. Wickware leads the team with 49 followed by Chatt's 41. Wickware leads the team with 133 attempts followed by 132 by Chatt.

MISSING THE MARK
Head Coach Lennox Forrester has announced that junior forward Mark Yelovich, the team's leading scorer each of the past two years, will miss the remainder of the season after a foot injury suffered in the opener against IPFW.

SIGN `EM UP
Forrester announced Charles Joy has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for SIUE beginning with the 2011-2012 season. Joy is a 6-4 forward at O'Fallon High School. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game last season, helping the Panthers to a 30-4 record and a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament. Joy also plays for the Southwest Illinois Jets AAU program.

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