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Cougars Home to Face Hornets Saturday

Cougars Home to Face Hornets Saturday
SIUE Cougars (1-5, 0-0 OVC) vs.
Harris-Stowe Hornets (6-2, 2-2 AMC)
Game No. 7
Sat., Dec. 8, 2:00 p.m.
Vadalabene Center (4,000)
Edwardsville, Illinois 
TV: None
Radio: None
Live Video: ESPN+ (Joe Pott, Colin Suhre)
Live Stats:
Live Audio: None
Fans will receive free admission with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Donations will benefit Edwardsville Neighbors
SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris is in his fourth season at the helm of the Cougars. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois, is 22-72 overall. 
SIUE senior David McFarland scored a career-best 24 points, but that wasn't enough to slow down the surging SIU Carbondale Salukis. The Salukis shot nearly 60 percent from the field to defeat the Cougars, 82-61, in front of 3,360 fans at the Vadalabene Center. McFarland made 9 of 19 shots, including 4 of 8 from 3-point land. He tallied 16 of his points in the second half, but the Cougars couldn't match the Salukis' overall shooting. SIUC connected on 31 of 52 shots, including 11 of 20 treys. They also converted 9 of 11 free throws. Brandon Jackson scored 13 points for SIUE, including 11 in the second half.
With 10 points at Western Illinois, Christian Ellis reached 500 career points. The junior is averaging 7.6 points per game over his career. 
Tyresse Williford (24 points) and Cameron Williams (22 points) each scored more than 20 points at Valparaiso. The last time SIUE had two 20-point scorers in a game 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. The Cougars have not won an overtime game since February 2014 against Southeast Missouri.
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 per game and averaged 6.5 points per game last season.
SIUE is fourth in the OVC in turnover margin. The Cougars are +3.3 in turnover margin. Last year SIUE was -1.3 in turnover margin. SIUE has finished with fewer turnovers in all but one game this year. 


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