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Cougars Open Las Vegas Classic at Drake

Cougars Open Las Vegas Classic at Drake
 
SIUE Cougars (2-5, 0-0 OVC) vs.
Drake Bulldogs (6-2, 0-0 MVC)
 
Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic 
Mon., Dec. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Knapp Center (7,152)
Des Moines, Iowa
 
FOURTH SEASON
SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris is in his fourth season at the helm of the Cougars. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois, is 23-72 overall. 
 
PREVIOUSLY
Brandon Jackson and Tyrese Williford turned in career-scoring efforts as the SIUE Cougars outlasted Harris-Stowe 92-87 on Dec. 8. Jackson poured in 28 points and snared 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Williford, contributed 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists. SIUE used a 24-7 burst the final seven and a half minutes of the first half to overcome a nine-point deficit and build a 41-33 lead by the break. 
 
FREEBIES
The Cougars knocked down 36 of 42 free throws against Harris-Stowe. That is the second-most makes and fourth-most attempts in a game during the Division I era.
 
TOURNEY TIME
The 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic is the eighth in-season tournament the Cougars have played in since the move to Division I in 2008-09.
 
LONG WAY FROM HOME
The tournament trip represents SIUE's longest trip of the year, covering four games and nearly 4,500 miles. 
 
HY-FIVE
SIUE's only other visit to the Knapp Center came in 2009 when the Cougars won the Hy-Vee Classic with wins over Drake and UT-Arlington. 
 
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
SIUE claimed the title in the "Upper Division" during the 2010 Las Vegas Classic. The Cougars dropped early games at Indiana and Northern Iowa before defeating Longwood and the Citadel in Las Vegas. 
 
TWO FOR 20
With Brandon Jackson and Tyresse Williford's scoring against Harris-Stowe, SIUE has twice had two 20-point scorers in a game. Williford (24) and Cameron Williams (22) did it at Valparaiso. 

 

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