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Perimeter Shines in 94-71 Win Over New Orleans
Lucas Nutt dished out a season-high 10 assists against New Orleans. Nutt also scored eight points and went without a turnover in 30 minutes.

Perimeter Shines in 94-71 Win Over New Orleans

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.Corey Wilford dropped in a game-high 18 points, Nino Johnson added 16 and Lucas Nutt dished out 10 assists to lead Southeast Missouri (7-6) to a 94-71 win over New Orleans (3-7) Wednesday night at the Show Me Center.

Southeast led by only three points at halftime, but used a big second half to pull away from the Privateers.

Wilford buried a three-pointer on three-straight possessions to kickstart an 11-4 run and get Southeast its first double-digit lead early in the second half, and the Redhawks never looked back.

“I was proud of our win tonight,” said Southeast head coach Dickey Nutt. “I thought we played with confidence and it was good to get this one out of the way. We were a little sluggish in the first half, but played much better in the final 20 minutes.”

Wilford's barrage came in a span of 1:02, as he threw in one trey from the left corner, one from the right wing and another in transition off the left perimeter. His third trifecta extended the Redhawks lead to 53-43 less than three minutes into the second stanza.

Eddie Denard's free throw cut Southeast's lead to 53-48 at the 15:55 mark, but that was as close as UNO would get.

The Redhawks went on a 13-5 run in the last 3:08 to put the Privateers away for good.

Johnson hit a pair of free throws before Jared White followed with a layup to give Southeast its biggest lead of the night (89-69) with 1:26 left. White later converted a three-point play in the final six seconds to cap the 94-71 victory.

Southeast, which won a game by 20 or more points for the third time this season, outscored UNO, 52-32, in the second half.

The Redhawks and Privateers shot over 50 percent, but neither team led by more than six points in a see-saw first half.

Corey Blake converted a three-point play to give the Privateers a 13-7 lead with 14:17 left to play before the Redhawks responded with seven straight points to tie the game.

Marland Smith hit a three-pointer and A.J. Jones added a layup. Johnson followed with a jumper to knot the game at 14-14 with 13:16 left.

Shortly after Tyler Stone scored on a layup to grab Southeast a 20-19 edge, the Redhawks used a 7-2 run to build their biggest lead of the half.

White stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a layup, while Stone made a jumper and Wilford nailed a three-pointer to give Southeast a 27-21 advantage with 8:32 remaining.

Wilford then scored the last four points of the half to grab the Redhawks a 42-39 lead at the intermission.

Southeast shot 54.8 percent (34-of-62) from the field and made 10-of-25 three-pointers. The Redhawks finished with 10 or more three-pointers in a game for the third time this season.

Wilford shot 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 from downtown. His five three-pointers matched a career-high.

Johnson also went 6-of-10 from the floor and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Meanwhile, Nutt fell two points shy of a double-double. He scored eight points and collected one steal to go along with his season-high 10 assists. Nutt, who did not turn the ball over in 30 minutes, needs just one more assist to get 300 in his career.

Nick Niemczyk and Stone contributed 13 and 12 points off the bench, respectively. Stone did not start for the first time this season due to a bruised right shoulder. He made 36-consecutive starts prior to tonight. In fact, the last time Stone did not start in a game was at Arkansas State on Nov. 29, 2011.

With Stone out of the lineup, Southeast started four guards for the first time this year. The Redhawks perimeter players came up big, combining for 66 points and only one turnover. Southeast had a season-low seven turnovers on the night.

White, Jones and Smith each chipped in nine points to the nice showing by the Redhawk guards.

“Jared and A.J. played well. They gave us valuable minutes. Overall, I was very pleased with how our guards stepped up,” said Nutt. 

Blake led all UNO scorers with 13 points.

Southeast ended a two-game losing streak in its return to the hardwood after an 11-day layoff.

The Redhawks will travel to UMKC on Dec. 22. Tip-off is set for 12:05 p.m., CT, at the Swinney Rec Center. Saturday's game will be Southeast's last non-league tilt before Ohio Valley Conference play.
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