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Men's Basketball Welcomes Billikens

SIUE (1-0) vs.
Saint Louis (1-0)
Wed., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Vadalabene Center
Edwardsville, Illinois

Complete Game Notes


SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris earned his first career win Friday as SIUE improved to 22-26 all-time in season openers.

Edwardsville native Jon Harris is in first season at the helm of the Cougars and his first season as a head coach. Harris has spent 14 seasons as an assistant coach.
Four players scored in double figures Friday as SIUE men's basketball defeated Arkansas State 79-70 to deliver Jon Harris his first win as a head coach. The win marked the first time SIUE has defeated an NCAA Division I opponent to start a season.  Jalen Henry led the Cougars with a career-high 18 points and finished one rebound shy of a double-double. Burak Eslik scored 13 points and led the team with four assists.
SIUE finished the 2014-15 season 12-16 including an 8-8 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. The 12 overall wins and 11 home wins are program highs at Division I.
Saint Louis has four returning starters from a team that was 11-21 a year ago. Saint Louis is coming off an 85-68 win over Hartford Sunday. Five players scored in double figures led by Mike Crawford who scored 17 points. 
SLU leads the all-time series 9-1 and is 3-0 since the series resumed in 2012. Last season the Billikens edged the Cougars 67-61 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.
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