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Tennessee Tech's Hot Shooting Downs Cougars

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Tennessee Tech shot 68.5 percent from the field Tuesday night on its way to a 92-69 win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in men's basketball at the Vadalabene Center.

The Golden Eagles, 17-11, were 37 for 54 from the floor for the game. The 68.5 percentage is the highest for a Cougar opponent this season.

Tennessee Tech built a 49-26 halftime advantage thanks to hitting 18 of its 26 shots (69.2 percent) in the first period.

"There was no intensity to start," SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said. "We had no intensity on defense tonight, and we didn't pay attention to details."

The Eagles had success with the inside game, scoring 62 of its 92 points in the paint. The Eagles bench outscored that of the Cougars 34-14.

The Cougars, 7-21, rebounded in the second half thanks in large part to Cornelius Chatt. The Cougar junior guard finished with a career-high 30 points in the loss. The junior scored 22 of his 30 in the second half, and the Cougars played even with the Eagles (43 points) after halftime.

Chatt was 11 for 18 from the field in the game. He was 3 for 9 from three-point range.

"I thought (Chatt) did a good job attacking tonight," Forrester said. "We tried to ride him a little bit."

Chatt has now scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games. Over that stretch he is averaging 18.3 points a game. The 30 points for Chatt are the most for a Cougar since Mark Yelovich scored 32 at Cal State Fullerton in February 2010. Tennessee Tech saw five players score in double figures. Kevin Murphy led the Eagles with 18 points. Jud Dillard scored 12 and added 10 rebounds.

The Cougars finish the season Thursday night when they host Hannibal-La Grange on senior night.

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