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PREVIEW: Cougars Continue Homestand with UT Martin

Maurice Wiltz
Maurice Wiltz

Complete Game Notes

SIUE (9-14, 5-5) vs.
UT Martin (7-18, 2-8)
Sat., Feb. 8, 8:05 p.m.
Vadalabene Center

TV: FOX Sports Midwest (Pat Parris, Joe Pott)
Radio: 88.7 FM WSIE (Adam Young) 

The Cougars have won five consecutive home games and are 4-1 at home in OVC play.

Beginning with the loss to the Cougars Jan. 25, UT Martin has dropped three straight. The Skyhawks are coming off a 91-79 Thursday loss at Eastern Illinois. Myles Taylor leads the Skyhawks in scoring and rebounding with 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. 

SIUE drained 13 three-pointers Thursday and five SIUE players scored in double figures as SIUE outlasted Southeast Missouri 93-88 in overtime in Ohio Valley Conference basketball at Vadalabene Center. SIUE converted on 4 of 5 attempts from the field, including both three-point attempts, to outscore Southeast 14-9 in the extra period.  Christian Salecich drained his career-best fourth three-pointer of the game to open the overtime scoring for the Cougars, making it 82-79 less than a minute into the period. Rozell Nunn's fourth three-pointer of the game (also a career high) made it 89-83 SIUE with 1:34 left in the overtime.

Tonight is the 11th meeting in the series, dating back to NCAA Division II days for both schools. The Cougars won the first game this season in Martin, Tenn. UT Martin swept the series last season including a 65-62 win in Edwardsville.

The Cougars connected on 61.2 percent (30-49) of their shots in the win at UT Martin. It is their highest percentage of the year against a Division I opponent. SIUE has made at least 30 field goals in a game six times this year. 

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