Dec. 30, 2010
Game # 16
SIUE (4-11) vs.
Murray State (8-4)
Thur., Dec. 30, 2010 7:30 p.m.
Series Record: MSU leads 6-1
Last Meeting: L 86-49 1/27/10 at MSU
First Meeting: W 83-81 12/13/75 at MSU
Record at SIUE: 0-1
Record at MSU: 1-5
Largest SIUE win: 83-81 12/13/75 at MSU
Largest MSU win: 86-49 1/27/10 at MSU
Current Streak: Lost 6
Murray State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, and the reigning regular season and tournament champion. This year, the Racers are led by sophomore Isaiah Canaan, who averages 12.6 points per game. Junior Ivan Aska leads the Racers with six rebounds per game.
VERSUS THE OVC
The Cougars are 1-8 against Ohio Valley Conference opponents under Head Coach Lennox Forrester. The lone win came December 31, 2008-a 70-69 win at Southeast Missouri. This year the Cougars are 0-2 against Ohio Valley teams, losing at Eastern Kentucky and to Morehead State at home.
Today's game is the fifth of six consecutive road games for the Cougars, the longest such stretch of the season. SIUE does not return home until a Jan. 8 game against South Dakota.
The Cougars won the Upper Division Championship at the IBN Las Vegas Classic after finishing with a pair of wins last week at the Oreleans Arena. SIUE defeated Longwood and The Citadel en route to the title.
After not playing an overtime game since 2008, the Cougars have played overtime twice in their last three home games. SIUE prevailed in double overtime over Kennesaw State Sat. Dec.11 after falling at home to Middle Tennessee a week earlier on Dec. 4.
COUNTING ON COREY
Junior point guard Corey Wickware is leading the team in scoring with an average of 12.1 points a game. The transfer from Wabash Community College scored a career-high 25 points in the Cougars' loss at Illinois State. He scored 23 in the Cougars' win over Longwood in Las Vegas. Wickware has scored in double figures in 11 games this year.
Wickware 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 posted his third double-double of the year (and fifth of his career) against The Citadel in Vegas when he scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Nov. 20 against MacMurray, he recorded 25 points and 13 rebounds. Both are career highs. He is second on the team in scoring (10.2ppg) and leads in rebounding (6.3).
The senior center has enjoyed a fine career in a Cougar uniform. He is now 28th on the career scoring list with 752 points. His career field goal percentage of .602 is sixth best. He has 92 blocked shots in his career, ranking fourth.
Senior Cody Rincker 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. He scored 12 points in SIUE's win over Longwood. He was 4 of 5 from three-point range. He added eight points against The Citadel, including a key three-pointer with less than a minute to play. Rincker is shooting 50 percent (17-34) from beyond the arc this year.
Freshman forward Michael Messer has had a successful start to his college career. He has made 11 starts this season. Messer poured in a career-high 24 points in the win over Kennesaw State. He is now fourth in scoring (8.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (3.5 rpg) among regulars. He is second on the team with a .500 field goal percentage (46-92).
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 dished out five assists in each of the games in Vegas. He also scored a career high 14 points vs. Longwood. Stineman leads the team with 41 assists, an average of 2.7 a game.
Junior Cornelius Chatt is now third on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg). He scored a career-high 22 points at Tennessee Tech. Chatt has scored in double figures seven times this year. Chatt leads the team in field goal attempts (147).
GET TO THE POINT
SIUE has scored 65 points or less in all 11 losses this season. In six of those losses, the Cougars have scored either 64 or 65 points.
SHARING THE WEALTH
Eight different players have led the team in scoring this season. Bundalo and Wickware have each led the team four times. Chatt has led the team three times. Eight different players have also led the team in rebounding. Bundalo has led the team nine times. Abel Tillman has led the team in rebounding twice this year.
FROM WAY DOWNTOWN
Six different players have at least four three-pointers this year. Wickware leads the team with 31 followed by Chatt's 20. Wickware also has attempted the most three-pointers (83).
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.
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 finish at the Class 4A state tournament. Joy also plays for the Southwest Illinois Jets AAU program.