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Cougars Entertain Panthers in Regular Season Finale

Tim Johnson
Tim Johnson

Complete Game Notes

SIUE (11-18, 7-8) vs.
Eastern Illinois (10-18, 6-9)
Sat., March 1, 5:05 p.m.
Vadalabene Center

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

The Cougars have secured a spot in their first-ever OVC Tournament, to be played March 5-8 in Nashville, Tenn. Seeds, opponents and game times are still to be determined. 

Eastern Illinois is coming off a nonconference win over Chicago State Monday. The Panthers have dropped four consecutive OVC games and need a win to qualify for the OVC Tournament. Sherman Blanford leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. 

For the first time in nearly two months, SIUE men's basketball was defeated on its home floor. The Cougars fell to Belmont 94-75 Wednesday at Vadalabene Center.The loss snapped a six-game home winning streak for the Cougars.The Cougars knocked down 28 of 57 attempts from the field (49.1 percent) but were unable to slow Belmont's offensive attack. For the game, the Bruins connected on 56.5 percent (35-62) of their shots from the field. They shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half.

Tonight marks the ninth meeting between the two schools and the fifth as OVC opponents. The Panthers have won the last two meetings which have each come in Charleston, Ill. The Cougars won the last meeting in Edwardsville 49-45 Feb. 2, 2013.

SIUE will recognize seniors Christian Salecich, Ray Lester, and Tim Johnson prior to tonight's game. The three will each play their final home game in a Cougar uniform tonight.  

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