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PREVIEW: Cougars Home to Take On Kennesaw State at Vadalabene Center

Dec. 10, 2010

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Game #11
SIUE (1-9) vs.
Kennesaw State (2-5)
Sat., Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
Vadalabene Center

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THE SERIES
Series Record: KSU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: L 86-71 1/12/10 at KSU
First Meeting: L 86-71 1/12/10 at KSU
Record at SIUE: 0-0
Record at KSU: 0-1
Neutral: 0-0
Largest SIUE win: none
Largest KSU win: 86-71 1/12/10 at KSU
Current Streak: Lost 1

TONIGHT'S OPPONENT
Kennesaw State is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Owls began the year 2-0 but have dropped five consecutive games. They are led by sophomore Markeith Cummings, who averages 17 points a game. Fellow sophomore Aaron Anderson paces the Owls with 7.6 rebounds a game.

VERSUS THE ATLANTIC SUN
SIUE is 0-5 versus A-Sun opponents under Head Coach Lennox Forrester. SIUE is 0-6 all-time against members of the Atlantic Sun.

FREE BASKETBALL
Dec. 4 the Cougars dropped a 73-64 decision to Middle Tennessee in overtime. It was the first overtime game for SIUE since February 19, 2008, a 74-72 loss at Quincy. Those are the only two overtime games for SIUE under Head Coach Lennox Forrester.

BIG NUMBERS FOR BUNDALO
Nikola Bundalo was named adidas Athlete of the Week after scoring 17 points last week vs. Middle Tennessee. Against MacMurray, he recorded his second double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Both career highs. He is third on the team in scoring (10.6) and leads in rebounding (5.7).

COUNTING ON COREY
Junior point guard Corey Wickware is leading the team in scoring with an average of 11.4 points a night. The transfer from Wabash Community College scored a career-high 25 points in the Cougars' loss at Illinois State. Wickware has scored in double figures in seven of his last nine games.

BUNDALO'S CAREER
The senior center has enjoyed a fine career in a Cougar uniform. He is now 32nd on the career scoring list with 705 points. His career field goal percentage of .610 is sixth best. He has 85 blocked shots in his career, ranking fourth.

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.

NICE DEBUT
Freshman forward Michael Messer has had a successful start to his college career. Messer has started six games this season and is fourth in scoring (6.8 ppg) and second in rebounding (3.4 rpg) among regulars. He is second on the team with a .500 field goal percentage.

CHITT CHATT
Junior Cornelius Chatt led the Cougars at Tennessee Tech with a career-high 22 points. Chatt has scored in double figures six times this season, which is second most on the team. He leads the team in field goals and attempts.

FROM WAY DOWNTOWN
Six different players have at least three three-pointers. Wickware leads the team with 16 followed by Chatt's 15. Chatt has attempted the most (62).

GET TO THE POINT
SIUE has scored 65 points or less in all nine losses this season. In six of those losses, the Cougars have scored either 64 or 65 points.

SIGN `EM UP
Coach 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 fi nish at the Class 4A state tournament. Joy also plays for the Southwest Illinois Jets AAU program.

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
SIUE offi cially joined the Ohio Valley Conference on July 1, 2008. Men's basketball begins regular season competition in the OVC during the 2011-12 academic year and will be eligible for post-season competition in 2012-13.

NCAA CERTIFICATION
SIUE is in year three of the four-year reclassifi cation process to NCAA Division I. The Cougars, who had been Division II since their beginning in men's basketball during the 1967-68 season, will not be eligible for the NCAA Tournament during the process. Men's soccer and softball are the designated fasttrack programs for SIUE. Those two teams are eligible for the NCAA Championships this season.

REFERENCING SIUE
The proper usage of the University's name is Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. There are no hyphens or other words to connect University and Edwardsville. SIUE is always acceptable. SIU Edwardsville is appropriate, also minus a hyphen. The nickname is Cougars, which is the same for men and women.

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