Southeast defeats SIUE, 75-71, in men's hoops

Southeast senior Quatarrius Wilson (10) passes the ball while guarded by SIUE junior Iziah James (52) and senior Brandon Jackson (32) during the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks' 75-71 victory against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.
Jacob Wiegand ~ Southeast Missourian

Southeast menís basketball seems to be an enjoying a late season renaissance, posting its second consecutive win Saturday and its third victory in the last four outings, defeating SIU-Edwardsville, 75-71.

Southeast (7-20, 3-11 Ohio Valley Conference) led at the half, 40-36, stretched the lead to 10 in the second frame. The Redhawks fought off a late surge by the Cougars (7-20, 4-10) to seal the win.

It was a pitched battle as the game featured 11 ties and six lead changes.

SIUEís Zeke Moore drained a 3-pointer with 1:17 left to tie the game at 69. Southeast scored six of the final eight points of the contest Ė four of them coming from Alex Caldwell.

The Redhawks came out of the intermission cold, shooting 1-of-11 to begin the second half.

Southeast put three players in double figures.

Senior Skyler Hogan led all scorers with 17 points.

Alex Caldwell and Quatarrius Wilson followed with 15 and 13 respectively.

The Redhawks went up 54-44 at the 12:22 mark after intermission only to see SIUE go on an 11-1 run to tie.

Assistant coach Keith Pickens again ran the menís team from the bench, as head coach Rick Ray continued to be sidelined by the flu.

Pickens said the Redhawks have not been eliminated as yet from a spot in the upcoming OVC tournament in Evansville, Illinois.

The Redhawks occupy last place in the 12-team conference.

Only the top eight teams are invited to contend in the tourney.

Southeast next plays Thursday at Jacksonville State.

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