Feb. 24, 2011
SIUE (7-21) vs.
Thur.,Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Hannibal La-Grange is an NAIA institution. The Trojans compete in the America Midwest Conference. They have won two straight games. The Trojans are led by senior Brock Webber who averages 16.4 points a game. Fellow senior Fernando Fernandez leads the team with 9.6 rebounds per game.
SIUE defeated Hannibal-LaGrange 76-66 in last season's finale, Feb. 25. Mark Yelovich led the Cougars with 28 points. Cody Rincker scored 11 and was 3 for 4 from three-point range. Webber scored 14 points for the Trojans.
Five Cougars will play their final game for SIUE tonight. Seniors Alex Newlin, Cody Rincker, Anthony Mitchell, Dob Mavrak and Nikola Bundalo will all be recognized in a ceremony prior to tonight's tipoff.
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.
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.
Junior Cornelius Chatt poured in a career-high 30 points Tuesday night. He leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.6 points a game. He has now scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games and is averaging 18.0 points a game over that stretch. He has six 20-plus point games this season.
COUNTING ON COREY
Junior point guard Corey Wickware is second in scoring with an average of 11.6 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. He 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 (9.8 ppg) and leads in rebounding (6.1 rpg).
The senior center has enjoyed a fine career in a Cougar uniform. He is 20th on the career scoring list with 874 points. His career field goal percentage of .600 is sixth best. His 521 rebounds and 101 blocked shots in his career, both rank fourth.
Senior Cody Rincker has started five 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 the win over Longwood, where he was 4 of 5 from three-point range. He scored eight points vs. The Citadel. He had career highs in assists (6) and steals (5) in the win vs. South Dakota.
Freshman Michael Messer has enjoyed a successful start to his career. He has made 24 starts this season, second-most on the team. Messer scored a career-high 24 points in the win over Kennesaw State. He is fourth in scoring (8.4 ppg) and second in rebounding (3.4 rpg) among regulars. He is second on the team with a .464 field goal percentage (83-179).
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 79 assists, an average of 2.8 a game.
SHARING THE WEALTH
Eight different players have led the team in scoring this season. Chatt has led the team nine times, Wickware has led the team eight times. Eight different players have led the team in rebounding. Bundalo has led the team 14 times. Dob Mavrak and Anthony Mitchell have each led the team in rebounding five times.