Posted: Jan 11, 2019
SIUE Cougars (5-10, 1-2 OVC)
vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks (11-5, 3-0 OVC)
Game No. 16
Sat., Jan. 12, 4:00 p.m.
Pete Mathews Coliseum (3,500)
Radio: 887 the Sound (Joe Pott)
Live Video: ESPN+
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 26-77 overall.
Tennessee Tech outlasted SIUE 78-69 in overtime Thursday. The Cougars missed all 10 field goal attempts in overtime. SIUE forced overtime by erasing a seven-point deficit in the final minute of regulation. A David McFarland free throw cut the lead to 67-61. He then got a steal, got the ball to Christian Ellis, who dished to Daniel Kinchen for a three to cut the lead to 67-64. Ellis grabbed a defensive rebound and SIUE called timeout. After which, Jaylen McCoy fed McFarland for a game-tying three with 10 seconds left.
SIUE freshman Cameron Williams was selected as the OVC co-Freshman of the Week Monday. He averaged 22.5 points a game last weekend, including a career-high 27 points against SEMO.
SIUE opened its eighth Ohio Valley Conference season last Thursday. The Cougars improved to 4-4 in OVC openers and are 36-81 in all-time in the OVC.
The Cougars' 94 points in the win over SEMO was a season high and were the most points ever scored by SIUE in an OVC game.
SIUE hadn't played an overtime game since Jan. 2017, at Austin Peay. The Cougars have played two in a row and three total. SIUE has not won an overtime game since February 2014 against Southeast Missouri.
YOUR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE
Williford dished out 11 assists at Eastern Illinois, which is the most in a game in the Division I era.
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.