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Redhawks Open Brief Two-Game Homestand vs. Morehead State Thursday
Southeast opens a brief two-game homestand against Morehead State Thursday

Redhawks Open Brief Two-Game Homestand vs. Morehead State Thursday

Southeast Missouri (10-9, 2-3 OVC) vs. Morehead State (8-10, 2-2 OVC)

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Date: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
Tip-Off: 7 p.m., CT
Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Site: Show Me Center (7,000)
Series: Morehead State leads, 21-17
Coaches: Dickey Nutt (231-257 overall, 42-70 at Southeast, 20-37 OVC). Sean Woods (58-90 overall, 8-10 at Morehead State, 2-2 OVC).

Southeast Missouri Game Notes

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Redhawks Radio Network: K103 FM (KEZS), flagship; 1440 AM (KSIM); 903 AM (KWOC); 1470 AM (KMAL). Erik Sean, Play-by-Play.
Webcast: OVC Digital Network                                   
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Twitter: @GoSoutheast

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Redhawks Return Home
Southeast Missouri (10-9, 2-3) opens a brief two-game homestand when it hosts Morehead State (8-10, 2-2) Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., CT, at the Show Me Center.

Back in Cape
Southeast returns to Cape Girardeau for five of its next seven games. After this week's matchups against Morehead State (Jan. 17) and Tennessee Tech (Jan. 19), the Redhawks close out the month at SIU Edwardsville (Jan. 24) and Eastern Illinois (Jan. 26). Southeast then begins February with three-straight home matchups against Eastern Kentucky (Feb. 2), SIU Edwardsville (Feb. 7) and Eastern Illinois (Feb. 9).

Looking to Get Back on Track
The Redhawks suffered back-to-back losses by double figures for the first time this season. Southeast went 0-2 during its first Ohio Valley Conference road swing, falling, 107-72, at Belmont on Jan. 10 and, 81-69, at Tennessee State on Jan. 12. The Redhawks opened OVC play with two-straight wins, but have since lost three in a row, matching their longest losing streak this year. Southeast was last on a losing streak of three or more games in conference play during the 2010-11 season (6 games from Jan. 13-29, 2011).

East vs. West
The Ohio Valley Conference East Division is a combined 14-2 against teams out of the West Division this season. The only remaining undefeated teams in OVC play are in the East Division (Tennessee State, 5-0; Eastern Kentucky, 4-0; Belmont, 4-0). Southeast is currently 0-2 vs. that side of the conference.

Series History
Morehead State leads the overall series against Southeast, 21-17. Southeast ended an eight-game losing streak in its series against Morehead when it beat the Eagles, 67-51, in Cape Girardeau last season. The Redhawks have not beaten Morehead State at home in consecutive years since 1999-2000 and 2000-01. In addition, Southeast scored under 70 points each of the last eight times it faced the Eagles.

Home Cooking
Southeast is 6-2 at the Show Me Center this season. The Redhawks are 16-6 (.727) in their last 22 home games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 campaign. This year's 6-1 home start marked Southeast's best since going 6-0 in 2007-08 (all those wins were vacated due to NCAA violations). The Redhawks six home victories are presently third-most in the Ohio Valley Conference.
     
Comeback Bid Falls Short
The Redhawks nearly overcame a 17-point deficit with a ferocious second-half comeback, but came up short in an 81-69 loss at Ohio Valley Conference East Division leader Tennessee State (Jan. 12). Southeast, which was down, 48-31, with 18:31 left to play in the game, heated up to shoot 65 percent from the field in the first 13 minutes of the second half. The Redhawks, however, only made three of their last 14 field goals of the game after that.

Niemczyk Nets Double Figures
Guard Nick Niemczyk came off the bench to score 13 points and matched a career-high four three-pointers made in Southeast's latest loss at Tennessee State (Jan. 12). Niemczyk buried a three to narrow the Tigers lead to 70-67 with 3:46 left to play after the Redhawks trailed by as many as 17 points. He shot 5-of-11 (45.4 percent) from three-point range over his last two contests.

Keeping Up with Jones
Junior guard A.J. Jones is starting to come into his own. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Jones scored double figures in three-straight games. He scored 16 points and helped key a 16-2 run which led to Southeast's victory over Austin Peay (Jan. 3). Jones scored 10 points during that decisive surge that gave the Redhawks an eight-point lead with 2:41 left. Two days later, he poured in 20 points to lead all Southeast scorers against Murray State. Most recently, Jones dropped in 13 points at Belmont (Jan. 10). He shot 52.7 percent (19-of-36) and averaged 16.3 points per game during that stretch. Jones ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 8.7 points per game.

Redhawks Limit Turnovers
Southeast has turned the ball over fewer than 10 times in five of its last nine games. The Redhawks, after committing a season-high 20 turnovers at Belmont (Jan. 10), had just eight turnovers two days later at Tennessee State. Southeast is averaging 12.5 turnovers per game, second fewest in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Stealin' the Show
Marland Smith needs only three more steals to reach 100 in his career. Smith, who scored 10 points and dished out five assists in 27 minutes off the bench at Belmont (Jan. 10), has 97 steals in 112 career games at Southeast. He is tied for third on the team with 12 steals this year.

Johnson Among Southeast Leaders in Blocks
Nino Johnson ranks among Southeast's all-time single-season and career blocks leaders. Johnson leads the team, ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference and rates 28th in the nation with 47 swats. He finished as the Redhawks top shot-blocker in 14 games this season. Johnson's 47 blocks in 2012-13 currently stand sixth among the school's single-season leaders. Meanwhile, his 55 career blocks are ninth.

Three-Point Threat
A.J. Jones leads the Ohio Valley Conference in with a .488 three-point percentage. Jones has knocked down 20-of-41 three-pointers in 19 games this season. He buried at least one three in four-straight starts and knocked down a season-high 6-of-8 vs. Hannibal-LaGrange (Nov. 26).

Porter Returns to Practice
Forward Michael Porter returned to practice on a limited basis this week. Porter has been out since suffering a broken foot during preseason practice. Before breaking his foot, he was hampered with a hip injury. With Porter out, Southeast's frontcourt has been limited. As a result, Tyler Stone and Nino Johnson have played more minutes than usual.
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