Semoball

Same story, different game for Southeast hoops

Southeast Missouri State sophomore guard Alex Caldwell

The Southeast Missouri State men’s basketball squad has followed a familiar script throughout most of its games this season.

Compete for a while, but eventually, wilt with a prolonged scoring drought and lose by double digits.

That was exactly what happened Thursday at SIUE.

The Cougars stretched a 12-9 first-half advantage into a 34-14 lead over 8:27 and never looked back in beating the Redhawks 84-65.

The loss was the 12th consecutive for Southeast (4-16, 0-7 Ohio Valley Conference) against NCAA Division I competition and kept it as the lone winless team in Ohio Valley Conference play.

Southeast connected on 22 percent of its shots in the opening half, including making just 1 of 10 from beyond the arc, as it dug a 38-18 hole by halftime.

The Redhawk offense picked up in the second half, as it made 7 of 15 from 3-point range, but the SIUE (5-15, 2-5) lead proved insurmountable.

Southeast guards Alex Caldwell and DQ Nicholas led their team offensively with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

The Redhawks will travel to Eastern Illinois Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

Scoring

SIU-Edwardsville 84, SE Missouri 65

SE MISSOURI (4-16)

Caldwell 5-11 2-2 15, Gable 0-5 2-2 2, Nicholas 3-9 5-7 12, Hogan 2-8 2-2 7, Wilson 2-4 2-4 6, Tolbert 2-4 0-0 4, Russell 4-4 0-0 9, Love 2-4 0-2 4, Kao 1-3 0-0 3, Morrison 0-1 0-0 0, Cuffee 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 22-55 13-19 65.

SIU-EDWARDSVILLE (5-15)

Williford 9-16 3-4 22, Moore 7-11 0-0 14, Williams 3-9 1-1 7, Adewunmi 7-9 5-6 23, Jackson 4-9 0-2 8, S.Wright 2-4 0-0 4, Uzuegbunem 1-3 0-0 2, James 0-3 0-1 0, Duling 0-1 0-0 0, L.Wright 1-1 0-0 2, Benton 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-68 9-14 84.

Halftime–SIU-Edwardsville 38-18. 3-Point Goals–SE Missouri 8-25 (Caldwell 3-5, Kao 1-1, Russell 1-1, Cuffee 1-2, Nicholas 1-4, Hogan 1-5, Love 0-1, Morrison 0-1, Gable 0-5), SIU-Edwardsville 5-16 (Adewunmi 4-5, Williford 1-4, Duling 0-1, James 0-1, Moore 0-1, Williams 0-2, S.Wright 0-2). Rebounds–SE Missouri 29 (Nicholas, Tolbert 5), SIU-Edwardsville 40 (Williams 10). Assists–SE Missouri 13 (Wilson 5), SIU-Edwardsville 19 (Williford 9). Total Fouls–SE Missouri 19, SIU-Edwardsville 15. A–655 (4,000).

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