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Different night, issue, similar result for Southeast hoops

Southeast Missouri State junior center Darrious Agnew

The young Dutch boy that plugged a hole in the dike to save his community had it easy in comparison to veteran Southeast Missouri State men’s basketball coach Rick Ray.

Solving one athletic dilemma isn’t that challenging, but when a different problem arises with each passing game, that is a task that can be maddening for a coach.

The Redhawks’ latest issue was horrendous free-throw shooting, as they fell 65-50 at Youngstown State Sunday.

Southeast is now 3-7 and in those seven losses, the problems have varied.

Southeast missed 11 of 14 free throws against the Penguins (6-5), which was an issue for the second straight game.

In a recent five-point loss at Drake, the Redhawks missed 10 of 23 free throws.

The conundrum is these two games followed a road loss at Abilene Christian in which Southeast hit 24 of 28 free throws.

There have been games in which the Redhawks shot well from 3-point range (Drake) and others in which they have struggled (at Vanderbilt, vs. Citadel, vs. Cal State Fullerton, at Santa Clara, and Abilene).

A poor defensive effort hurt Southeast at Drake, as it dug itself a seven-point halftime hole, and that same problem occurred Sunday.

Holding a 6-2 advantage, Southeast allowed Youngstown to tear off on a 12-0 run over four-plus minutes.

During the stretch, the Redhawks missed five shots and turned the ball over four times.

Junior forward Isaiah Gable got a rebound and drained a 3-pointer to stop the Penguin run, but Youngstown responded with a 7-0 run to stretch its lead to 23-9 just over 10 minutes into the game.

The Penguins led by as many as 17 in the opening period and that momentum carried over into the second half.

Just 14 seconds into the second half, Youngstown scored on its first shot and 5:19 into the period the hosts led by 22, which ended up being their largest margin.

Youngstown connected on over 65 percent of its shots in the opening half and finished the game having made 51 percent from the field.

The Redhawks made just 33.9 percent of their shots, including 7 of 19 from long range.

The ongoing issue of assists and turnovers improved slightly for Southeast, as they dished out a dozen assists and turned the ball over just 14 times.

Junior center Darrious Agnew paced Southeast with 17 points in just 20 minutes. He also matched Gable and Skyler Hogan with six rebounds apiece.

Gable was the only other Southeast player in double figures with 10 points.

The Redhawks have been on the road since Nov. 22 and the trip doesn’t get any easier.

Southeast will visit No. 3-ranked Ohio State Tuesday at 6 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN ST. 65, SE MISSOURI 50

SE MISSOURI (3-7)

Agnew 8-14 1-3 17, Tolbert 0-3 0-0 0, Hogan 3-8 0-0 9, Nicholas 2-7 0-2 5, Caldwell 0-6 0-0 0, Wilson 1-4 0-2 2, Gable 3-4 1-2 10, Kao 3-9 0-1 6, Love 0-4 1-4 1. Totals 20-59 3-14 50.

YOUNGSTOWN ST. (6-5)

Bohannon 6-7 1-1 14, Akuchie 3-8 0-0 7, Covington 3-5 1-2 7, Cathcart 2-4 0-0 5, Quisenberry 4-8 3-4 12, Thomas 4-5 0-1 8, Bentley 1-3 2-3 4, Foster 1-3 0-2 2, Morgan 1-4 1-2 4, Simmons 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 26-51 8-15 65.

Halftime–Youngstown St. 38-24. 3-Point Goals–SE Missouri 7-19 (Gable 3-4, Hogan 3-6, Nicholas 1-2, Kao 0-1, Agnew 0-1, Love 0-2, Caldwell 0-3), Youngstown St. 5-18 (Bohannon 1-1, Cathcart 1-2, Morgan 1-3, Quisenberry 1-4, Akuchie 1-6, Covington 0-1, Simmons 0-1). Fouled Out–Thomas. Rebounds–SE Missouri 30 (Hogan, Gable, Agnew 6), Youngstown St. 39 (Akuchie 10). Assists–SE Missouri 12 (Caldwell 4), Youngstown St. 14 (Quisenberry 4). Total Fouls–SE Missouri 17, Youngstown St. 16. A–1,243 (6,300).

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