Posted: Feb 15, 2019
SIUE Cougars (8-17, 4-9 OVC)
vs. UT Martin Skyhawks (9-15, 4-9 OVC)
Game No. 26
Sat., Feb. 16, 2:00 p.m.
Vadalabene Center (4,000)
Radio: 887 the Sound (Joe Pott)
Live Video: ESPN3 (Bob Belvin, Ray Giacoletti)
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 29-84 overall.
SIUE fell to Eastern Illinois 79-65 Thursday. It didn't make much difference in the first 20 minutes what the Cougars tried with their defense. EIU hit 11 of 21 threes in the half in building a 40-26 lead and never looked back. The Cougars, once 21 points down in the second half, rallied from a 50-29 deficit to close with a dozen times three times. They crept to within 74-63 with 1:15 to play but could get no closer.
Brandon Jackson led SIUE with 16 points and 10 rebounds against EIU. It was the third double-double of his career. All three have come this year.
Feb. 2 was SIUE's fifth overtime game this year, which tied for the second most in the country and is a school record. The Cougars have played eight overtime periods, which is the most in the NCAA.
The 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.
McFarland and Jackson and Christian Ellis are approaching 600 career points. McFarland has scored 599 career points, Ellis has 589 and Jackson has 570.