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Cougars Fall in Road Finale

Feb. 20, 2011

Box Score

VERMILLION, S.D. - South Dakota outscored Southern Illinois University 46-30 in the second half Sunday afternoon en route to a 90-67 win in men's basketball at the Dakota Dome.

SIUE, playing its final road game of the year, fell to 7-20 overall and 0-13 in true road games. South Dakota improved to 13-13, including an 11-2 mark in home games.

SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester summed up the Cougars' issues with one word.

"Defense," Forrester said following the game. "We did a poor job defensively. Our defense in transition was really poor."

The Cougars started well, opening up a 5-0 lead in the first minute. SIUE stretched its lead to as many as five when a Cornelius Chatt three-pointer made it 13-8 with 14:23 to play before the break.

Kevin Stineman converted on a layup with 8:45 left in the period made it 24-22 SIUE, before South Dakota made a run. The Coyotes scored the next eight points to go up 30-34 and never looked back. The home team led 44-37 at the break.

South Dakota quickly pushed its lead to 10 at 49-39 with 18:09 to play, and never led by less than 10 the rest of the game.

Anthony Mitchell pulled the Cougars within 13 at, 71-58, when he finished a three-point play with a free throw with 6:39 left in the game.

The Coyotes answered with consecutive three-pointers by Louie Krogman to extend the lead back to 19 at 77-58.

"I felt like we compounded our mistakes with other mistakes today," Forrester said. "To win on the road you have to have toughness."

Nikola Bundalo led three Cougars in double figures with 14 points. The total moved Bundalo into 20th place all-time in scoring at SIUE. The senior center now has 862 points in his Cougar career.

Michael Messer scored 13 points. Cornelius Chatt added 11. It was Chatt's ninth consecutive game in double figures.

The Coyotes finished with four in double figures led by Krogman's 22 points.

South Dakota outrebounded the Cougars 40-29 and outscored SIUE 10-2 in second chance points. USD held a 48-28 edge in points in the paint Sunday.

SIUE finishes the season with a pair of home games next week. Tennessee Tech comes to the Vadalabene Center Tuesday night. The season ends with Hannibal-LaGrange on Thursday.

"We have two games left," Forrester said. "We have to bring it."

"With Tennessee Tech coming in it's a chance to win an OVC game, which we haven't done," he added. "Then we can finish the season with our second win in a row, which we have only done one other time."

Tip off Tuesday is set for 8 p.m. It is the second half of a double-header with SIUE's women's team.

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