Posted: Feb 06, 2019
SIUE Cougars (8-14, 4-6 OVC)
vs. Austin Peay Governors (16-7, 8-2 OVC)
Game No. 23
Thu., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Dunn Center (7,257)
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 29-81 overall.
SIUE outlasted Eastern Kentucky 88-82 in a double overtime thriller at the Vadalabene Center. Tyresse Willford scored 27 points to power the Cougars, while Brandon Jackson contributed 25 points. David McFarland added 17 points, including a three-pointer to knot the score at 69-69 with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation. It was tied 78-78 after the first overtime before the Cougars outscored the Colonels 10-4 in the decisive five-minute second OT.
Saturday was SIUE's fifth overtime game this year, which leads the country and is a school record. The Cougars have played eight overtime periods, which also is the most in the NCAA.
Last week's 16-point comeback vs. Morehead State was SIUE's largest of the year and the third time this season it has overcome a double-digit deficit. It also is SIUE's third win this year after trailing at halftime.
The Cougars scored 51 points in the second half against Morehead State. It is the third time this season SIUE has scored at least 50 points in a half, not including overtime periods.
The win at SEMO featured the most overtime periods (three) for SIUE in the Division I era. It was the third game of at least three overtime periods in school history and the first since the 1984-85 season.
Williford averaged 25.0 points per game last week and was selected as the OVC Newcomer of the Week Monday. It was his second weekly award. He earned co-Newcomer of the Week honors from the OVC Jan. 21 after scoring a career-high 33 points against Murray State.