Posted: Dec 18, 2018
SIUE Cougars (2-6, 0-0 OVC) vs.
Washington State Cougars (6-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic
Wed., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. CT
Beasley Coliseum (11,671)
SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris is in his fourth season at the helm of the Cougars. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois, is 23-73 overall.
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.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
This is the second Las Vegas Classic for SIUE. The Cougars claimed the title in the "Upper Division" during the 2010 tournament. SIUE dropped road games at Indiana and Northern Iowa before defeating Longwood and the Citadel in Las Vegas.
LONG WAY FROM HOME
The tournament trip represents SIUE's longest trip of the year, covering four games and nearly 4,500 miles.
A 10-point run at the start of the second half helped Drake to a 79-66 win over SIUE Monday in the first game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. David McFarland paced four Cougars in double figures. He led all scorers with 19 points. Brandon Jackson scored 11 points and Tyresse Williford added 10. Jaylen McCoy scored 12 points off the bench.
SIUE swiped a season-high 13 steals Monday at Drake. It is the most steals in a game for the Cougars since the 2016 season opener at Hawaii.
The Cougars knocked down 36 of 42 free throws Dec. 8 against Harris-Stowe. That is the second-most makes and fourth-most attempts in a game during the Division I era.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
This is the first meeting between the SIUE Cougars and the Washington State Cougars in men's basketball.
SECOND TIME FOR SOME THINGS
SIUE has only played one other Pac-12 school, playing at Oregon State in 2013.