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Men's Basketball Returns to the Road

Men's Basketball Returns to the Road
 
SIUE Cougars (1-2, 0-0 OVC) 
vs. Incarnate Word Cardinals (1-2, 0-0 SLC)
 
Sat., Nov. 16, 1:00 p.m.
McDermott Convocation Center (2,000)
San Antonio, Texas
 
LAST TIME OUT
Five SIUE players scored in double figures and SIUE held a halftime lead, but it wasn't enough. A strong second half led Valparaiso to an 89-76 win over the Cougars at First Community Arena Tuesday night. 
 
OPENING ACT
With Nov. 5's win, Head Coach Brian Barone earned a win in his coaching debut, while SIUE improved to 24-28 in season openers. It was the first season-opening win since 2016 at Hawaii. The Cougars are now 36-16 all-time in home openers. It was the first home opener win since 2015.
 
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.
 
BARONE SIGNED THROUGH 2024
On November 13, SIUE Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced an extension of Head Coach Brian Barone's contract through the 2023-2024 season. 
 
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Unofficially, Barone is one of nine current Division I head coaches whose father also was a Division I head coach. The List:
Tony Bennett, Virginia (Dick Bennett)
Jeff Capel III, Pittsburgh (Jeff Capel II)
Kermit Davis, Jr., Mississippi (Kermit Davis, Sr.)
Scott Drew, Baylor (Homer Drew)
Mark Prosser, Western Carolina (Skip Prosser)
Richard Pitino, Minnesota (Rick Pitino)
Jay Spoonhour, Eastern Illinois (Charlie Spoonhour)
Kevin Willard, Seton Hall (Ralph Willard)
 
UC Riverside Downs SIUE
November 29, 2019 UC Riverside Downs SIUE
Huskies Hold off Cougars 68-64
November 23, 2019 Huskies Hold off Cougars 68-64