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PREVIEW: Cougars Begin Three Game Road Stretch

Keaton Jackson
Keaton Jackson

Complete Game Notes

SIUE (10-15, 6-5) vs.
Murray State (14-9, 9-2)
Thu., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
CFSB Center
Murray, Ky. 

TV: None
Radio: 88.7 FM WSIE

The Cougars' 10 wins and six OVC wins tie program highs at the NCAA Division I level.

Following the loss to the Cougars Jan. 18, the Racers have won four of five games. They lead the West Division with a 9-2 OVC mark. Freshman Cameron Payne leads the team in scoring at 15.4 points a game. Jarvis Williams is the rebounding leader at 10.5 per game.

Donivine Stewart scored a career-high 24 points Saturday to lead SIUE to its sixth consecutive home win, an 84-78 victory over UT Martin in Ohio Valley Conference play at the Vadalabene Center. Stewart, who scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, finished the night 8 for 9 from the field, including 3 for 4 from three-point range. He was 5 for 7 from the free throw line. He added a game-high eight assists with two rebounds and two steals. Kris Davis chipped in a season-high 21 points. Christian Salecich was the only other SIUE player to score in double figures. He finished with 12 points including a trio of three-pointers.

Tonight is the 14th meeting in the series. SIUE won the first meeting of the year 67-60 Jan. 18 in Edwardsville and have won two straight in the series. The only Cougar win at Murray State came in the first meeting in the 1975-76 season.

The Cougars connected on 61.2 percent (30-49) of their shots in the road 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. 

Donivine Stewart earned OVC co-Newcomer of the Week honors this week after averaging 17.5 points and 9.5 assists a game in wins over Southeast Missouri and UT Martin. He leads the team with 113 assists and is the first Cougar to have more than 100 assists since Aamir McCleary had 116 in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Stewart's assist-to-turnover ratio (2.46) is second in the OVC and 51st nationally. 

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