Redhawks rally for home OVC win
For the second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference men’s basketball game, Southeast Missouri State found itself in a heated contest as the clock ticked to :00.
The difference in Thursday’s game against UT Martin, as opposed to Saturday’s 62-60 loss to Tennessee Tech was the Redhawks maintained their composure and came away with a 74-72 come-from-behind win.
Against Tennessee Tech, Southeast missed several shots and had a critical turnover, but Thursday’s performance was quite the contrary.
Trailing 70-64 with 42 seconds remaining, sophomore guard Alex Caldwell completed a four-point play to trim the margin to 70-68.
Southeast (6-20, 2-11 OVC) fouled UT Martin player Eman Sertovic with 36 seconds remaining and he put the Skyhawks (7-18, 3-11) ahead 72-68.
Caldwell came down and buried another 3-pointer for a 72-71 deficit. That play was followed by a steal from backcourt mate DQ Nicholas, who hit fifth-year senior wing Skyler Hogan for a bucket that put Southeast up 73-72 with 24 seconds left.
The Redhawks forced a UT Martin miss and Nicholas grabbed the board and was fouled.
He hit a free throw for the final margin, capping a 10-2 Redhawk run to seal the win.
Of the six total wins this season by the Redhawks, five have come at the Show Me Center. They also have dropped four other home games by five points or less.
The Redhawks rallied from a 10-point deficit with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game, as well as a 13-point deficit in the opening half.
Southeast hit 17 of 19 free throws in the contest and matched UT Martin’s 44 percent shooting overall.
Hogan led the Redhawks with 21 points, while also pulling down five boards.
Sophomore forward Sage Tolbert had a perfect night from the field in hitting all five shot attempts and each of his six free throws.
He finished with 16 points and a team-best nine rebounds.
Southeast outrebounded the Skyhawks 33-30.
Fifth-year senior center Quatarrius Wilson scored 12 points and grabbed seven boards, while Caldwell chipped in 14 points and dished out seven assists.
Of the Redhawks 24 made shots, 15 came via an assist.
Southeast will host SIUE Saturday at 4 p.m.