Posted: Dec 29, 2018
SIUE Cougars (3-8, 0-0 OVC) vs.
Missouri S&T Miners (2-7, 0-1 GLVC)
Game No. 12
Sun. Dec. 30, 5 p.m.
Vadalabene Center (4,000)
Radio: 887 the Sound (Joe Pott)
Live Video: ESPN+ (Joe Pott, Colin Suhre)
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 24-75 overall.
WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS
SIUE finished 1-3 in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The Cougars dropped road games at Drake and at Washington State. SIUE fell in its first game in Vegas, losing 85-79 to CSUN. The Cougars defeated Northern Colorado 82-72 in the tournament's final game.
LONG WAY FROM HOME
The tournament trip represented SIUE's longest trip of the year, covering four games and nearly 4,500 miles.
SIUE got a balanced scoring effort as the Cougars wrapped up the road trip with an 82-72 win over Northern Colorado to close out the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at Orleans Arena. Tyresse Williford led the way with 25 points to tie his career high. David McFarland scored 17 points and scored in double figures in all four games in the tournament. Brandon Jackson and Christian Ellis each added 11 points.
McFarland averaged 19.5 points in four tournament games and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
SIUE swiped a season-high 13 steals at Drake. It was 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 against Harris-Stowe. That is the second-most makes and fourth-most attempts in a game during the Division I era.
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
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. The Cougars are third in the OVC and are 65th nationally for fewest turnovers at 143. They are third in the league at 13.0 turnovers per game.