Posted: Nov 27, 2018
SIUE Cougars (1-3, 0-0 OVC) vs.
Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-4, 0-0 Summit)
Game No. 5
Wed., Nov. 28, 7:00 p.m.
Western Hall (4,421)
Radio: 887 the Sound (Joe Pott)
Live Video: ESPN+ (Brendan Reidy, Michael Harms)
Live Stats: goleathernecks.com/sidearmstats/mbball
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 22-70 overall.
Once the SIUE Cougars got going Sunday, they couldn't be stopped. SIUE used a powerful second half to defeat Incarnate Word 80-68 and celebrate its first win of the season. The Cougars, trailing 27-26 at halftime, erupted for 54 second-half points, thanks mainly to 19-for-30 shooting. Five Cougars reached double figures. Tyrese Williford led the parade with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. David McFarland and Anselm Uzuegbunem added 12 points each.
TWO FOR 20
Williford scored at least 20 points in each of his last two games. He and Cameron Williams each scored more than 20 points at Valparaiso. The last time SIUE had two 20-point scorers was Nov. 18, 2017 at Stetson.
Nov. 21 at Valparaiso was SIUE's first overtime game since Jan. 12, 2017, an 83-81 loss at Austin Peay.
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 is third in the OVC in field goal percentage (.457). The Cougars trail only Belmont and Murray State.
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. SIUE is fifth in the OVC at 6.8 steals per game.
With back-to-back 20-point games, Williford took over the lead in scoring at 15.8 points per game. He is eighth in the OVC in scoring.