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Cougars Meet Trojans Monday

Cougars Meet Trojans Monday

SIUE (3-7) at
USC (9-2)
Mon., Dec. 21, 10 p.m. CT
Galen Center
Los Angeles, California


Complete Game Notes


OPENING TIP
SIUE last played Dec. 12. The nine-day break (for finals) is the longest of the season.

NEW ERA
Edwardsville native Jon Harris is in first season at the helm of the Cougars and his first season as a head coach. Harris spent 14 seasons as an assistant coach.

YOUTH SERVED
Harris turned 35 in August and is the second-youngest first-year head coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball. Only Chattanooga's Matt McCall (34 in December) is younger. Only 10 head coaches in all of Division I are younger than Harris. 

LAST TIME OUT
SIUE men's basketball clawed back from a seven-point second-half deficit to earn a 74-64 win over Portland State Dec. 12. Carr dropped in a scoop shot to move the Cougars within one of Portland State at 60-59. Carr was fouled on the play, hit his free throw and it was 60-60 with 7:22 to play. SIUE never trailed again. The Cougars scored 19 of the game's final 23 points. SIUE went 9 of 11 at the free throw line during the final stretch.

ABOUT THE TROJANS
USC has won two straight games. The only losses by the Trojans came in a tournament in Orlando, Fla. Katin Reinhardt leads five players who average in double figures scoring. He scores 13.1 points per game. Nikola Jovanovic is the rebounding leader at 6.6 a game. 

SERIES STUFF
SIUE and USC have never met in men's basketball.

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