Posted: Nov 20, 2018
SIUE Cougars (0-2, 0-0 OVC) vs.
Valparaiso Crusaders (2-2, 0-0 MVC)
Wed., Nov. 21, 7:00 p.m.
Radio: 887 the Sound (Joe Pott)
Live Video: ESPN+ (Todd Ickow, David Huseman)
Live Stats: SIUEStats.com
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com
SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris is in his fourth season at the helm of the Cougars. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois, is 21-69 overall.
SIUE had five players score in double figures and shot 48 percent from the field, but it wasn't enough to overcome 14 Winthrop three-pointers as the Cougars fell 94-82 to the Eagles Nov. 10. Eight of Winthrop's 14 three-pointers came in the second half. David McFarland led the Cougars with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Brandon Jackson finished the game with 13 points and five boards. Daniel Kinchen and Cameron Williams each scored 11 points Tyresse Williford scored 10.
In 2017-18, the SIUE Cougars returned to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, their first trip back to the postseason since 2015. SIUE won five games away from home a season ago, marking the most road wins in the Division I era.
SIUE men's basketball has a new look to it. Despite losing just two graduating seniors following last year, the Cougars welcome seven newcomers to the program, including three true freshman.
Four players scored in double digits to send the Cougars to an 80-61 win over Division II Kentucky State in exhibition play. Jackson scored 17 points to lead the way. Anselm Uzuegbunem turned in a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Williford and Williams each scored 16 points.
Junior Justin Benton is sidelined with an injury and a timetable for his return is not yet known. Benton led the Cougars in minutes played at 28.8 a game and averaged 6.5 points per game last season.
SIUE matched its 2017-18 season high with eight steals in the season opener. The Cougars had eight steals in a game three times last year.
McFarland has led SIUE in scoring in each of its first two games. He turned his fourth career 20-point game with 20 against Winthrop. McFarland is sixth in the OVC in scoring at 18.5 points per game.