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Cougars Hold Off Webster For Exhibition Win

Cougars Hold Off Webster For Exhibition Win

Nov. 7, 2010

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Four Cougars scored in double figures as SIUE men's basketball defeated Webster University 64-57 in exhibition action at the Vadalabene Center.Webster raced to a 9-0 lead Sunday afternoon before the Cougars fought back for the win.

"I'm excited for our guys that they won and started out the season on a positive note," SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said.

Webster's Nick Jones hit a three-pointer just 10 seconds into the game and the Gorlocks were off and running. The Cougars didn't get on the scoreboard until a Nikola Bundalo jumper at the 16:27 mark in the first half.

Corey Wickware hit one of two free throws with 33 seconds to play in the half to put SIUE on top 24-23 at the break. It was the only time the Cougars led during the first half.

The second half started like the first half did, with a Webster basket. Scott Restoff hit a layup in the first minute of the half to put Webster back up by a point. Freshman Michael Messer immediately answered for the Cougars with a jumper at the other end.

The lead changed eight times during the second half with neither team holding more than a five-point lead until the final margin. A Cornelius Chatt three-point basket with 8:55 to play broke a 43-all tie and put the Cougars ahead for good. It was one of four three-pointers for the junior transfer. He finished with 13 points.

SIUE was 9-22 from beyond the arc. Wickware hit three long-range shots. Messer and Kevin Stineman each had a single three-pointer.

"I thought our guys did a decent job shooting the basketball tonight especially from three-point range, which we struggled at a lot last year," Forrester said.

Wickware led the way for the Cougars, scoring 15 points. He was joined in double figures by Chatt and Stineman who had 11 and Bundalo with 10 points. Messer added five points and led the way for SIUE with seven rebounds.

Webster had three players in double figures. Jones led the way with 12 points. The Gorlocks outrebounded the Cougars Sunday 43-40.

"I have been talking about rebounding since the spring being an Achilles' heel," Forrester said. "We have to get better."

SIUE opens the regular season Friday when it hosts IPFW in an 8 p.m. game. The game is the second of a doubleheader at the Vadalabene Center. The SIUE women's team hosts Morgan State beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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