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Cougars Open Regular Season Tuesday

Cougars Open Regular Season Tuesday
SIUE Cougars (0-0, 0-0 OVC) 
vs. Quincy Hawks (0-0, 0-0 GLVC)
Game No. 1
Tue., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
First Community Arena (4,000)
Edwardsville, Illinois
 
LAST SEASON
SIUE finished the regular season with 10 wins and six Ohio Valley Conference wins. The Cougars returned to the OVC Tournament for the second consecutive season and fourth appearance overall. 
 
ON EXHIBITION
SIUE faced Division III Fontobonne in its only exhibition game. The Cougars ran past the Griffins 104-57. SIUE connected on 66.2 percent (45-68) of its shots, scored 30 points off 21 Fontbonne turnovers, scored 23 fastbreak points and 58 points in the paint. 
 
BARONE DEBUTS
Head Coach Brian Barone takes over at the top after two seasons as the Cougars' top assistant. He has previous Division I stops at Green Bay, Indiana, Marquette and Illinois State. He also brings junior college experience as a head coach and assistant. 
 
BARONE'S PEDIGREE
Brian's father is the late Tony Barone, Sr., who played at Duke before beginning his coaching career. After stops at Duke and Bradley as an assistant, Tony was the head coach at Creighton (1985-91) and Texas A&M (1991-1998). He also coached the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies during the 2006-07 season.