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Redhawks Open Three-Game Homestand Against SIU Edwardsville Thursday
Lucas Nutt is 19 assists away from breaking Southeast's all-time career assists record

Redhawks Open Three-Game Homestand Against SIU Edwardsville Thursday

Southeast Missouri (10-9, 2-4 OVC) vs. SIU Edwardsville (6-13, 3-3 OVC)

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Tip-Off: 7 p.m., CT
Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Site: Show Me Center (7,000)
Series: Southeast leads, 14-5
Head Coaches: Dickey Nutt (248-273 overall; 59-86 at Southeast; 28-46 OVC). Lennox Forrester (65-123 overall; 65-123 at SIUE, 14-24 OVC)


Media Coverage
Radio: ESPN 92.9 FM; Real Rock 99.3 FM. Erik Sean, Play-by-Play; Jess Bolen, Analyst
Video: OVC Digital Network
Live Stats: GoSoutheast.com
Twitter Updates: @GoSoutheast
Game Notes: Southeast Missouri

Redhawks Return Home
Southeast Missouri (10-9, 2-4) returns to Cape Girardeau for a three-game homestand, beginning Thursday when it hosts SIU Edwardsville (6-13, 3-3). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., CT, at the Show Me Center.

Follow the Action
Thursday's game will be broadcast live on the radio at ESPN 92.9 FM and Real Rock 99.3 FM. Erik Sean and Jess Bolen will call the action. Video will be available online at the OVC Digital Network. Live stats can be accessed online at GoSoutheast.com.

Three-Game Homestand
Southeast will host SIU Edwardsville (Jan. 23), Eastern Illinois (Jan. 25) and UMKC (Jan. 29) in its next three games at the Show Me Center, its longest homestand of the season. The Redhawks round out the first half of their conference schedule against the Cougars and Panthers before taking on UMKC in their final non-league matchup.

Series History
The Redhawks hold a 14-5 advantage in their all-time series against SIU Edwardsville. Southeast won five of the last six meetings between these teams. The Redhawks are 9-1 against the Cougars at the Show Me Center with their only loss coming by a score of 70-69 in 2008-09.

Approaching 250
Dickey Nutt is two victories away from getting 250 in his career as an NCAA Division I head coach. Nutt is 248-273 overall in his 18th NCAA Division I season. That mark includes a 59-86 record at Southeast.

OVC West
SIU Edwardsville marks just the third Ohio Valley Conference West Division foe that Southeast faces this season. The Redhawks are currently 0-2 against teams on their side of the OVC. Southeast played an East Division opponent in its last four league games and went 2-2 during that stretch.

Redhawks Snap Road Skid
Southeast ended a five-game road losing streak with an 83-74 victory at Tennessee Tech (Jan. 18). The Redhawks won away from home for the first time since beating Southeastern Louisiana, 74-73, on Dec. 7. Southeast took down TTU on its homecourt for the second time under head coach Dickey Nutt. The Golden Eagles had won 11 of 12 meetings against the Redhawks in Cookeville prior to this year.

Record Watch
Lucas Nutt has been Southeast's assists leader in 16 of 19 games this season. Nutt is closing in on the Redhawks all-time career assists mark. He presently has 523 and needs 19 more to break the record, currently held by Dwayne Rutherford (541 from 1986-90).

Nutt Goes Over 100 Assists
Lucas Nutt dished out a game-high seven assists at Morehead State (Jan. 16), and as a result, went over 100 in a season for the third time in his career. Nutt has a team-high 104 in 19 games this year. He had 112 assists in 2010-11 and 178 in 2012-13 prior to this season.

20-Point Man
Jarekious Bradley scored 22 or more points in seven of his last eight starts. Bradley leads the Ohio Valley Conference with fifteen 20-point performances this season. He dropped in 28, including 11 in the first three minutes of the game at Morehead State (Jan. 16).  Bradley's scoring average has not been below 20 points per game since Dec. 14. He currently ranks fifth in the nation in total field goals made (146).

Rise of the Freshmen
Freshmen walk-ons Paul McRoberts and Jamaal Calvin were the difference in Southeast's latest 83-74 win at Tennessee Tech (Jan. 18). McRoberts scored a season-high 16 points on 7-of-12 field goals and 2-of-5 threes. He also grabbed five rebounds and made the jumper which gave the Redhawks their first lead with 1:25 remaining in the first half. Calvin added 12 points on 4-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He tied the game at 26-26 with 3:23 left in the first half, after Southeast had trailed by as many as 15. McRoberts and Calvin played 29 and 26 minutes against the Golden Eagles, respectively.

Let's Get Another
Southeast goes after its second-straight win when it hosts SIU Edwardsville Thursday. With a victory, the Redhawks will be on a winning streak for the first time since early December (beat Texas State, Dec. 1; beat Southeastern Louisiana, Dec. 7). Southeast will also look to win two-straight conference games for the first time this year.

Bradley Second in Scoring
Jarekious Bradley ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring. Bradley, who is averaging 21.5 points per game, ranks 12th in the nation in scoring and ninth in the country in total points (409). He started OVC play with a bang, averaging 23.7 points in his first six contests. Bradley shot 54.3 percent (50-of-92) from the field, 45.8 percent (22-of-48) from three-point range and was 20-of-24 at the free throw line in his first six conference starts. He made all but four of the Redhawks three-pointers during their two-game road swing at Murray State (Jan. 2) and Austin Peay (Jan. 4). Bradley began the conference season by scoring 22 points, including 15 in the first 12 minutes of the second half against the Racers. He also made a jumper that gave Southeast its first lead of the game. Two days later, Bradley became the sixth different player in the OVC to score 30 points in a game this season. He shot 11-of-19 from the field, 6-of-10 from downtown and scored 17 first-half points on his way to putting up 30 against Austin Peay (Jan. 4). More recently, Bradley finished with a game-high 28 points at Morehead State (Jan. 16) and followed that up by scoring 12 at Tennessee Tech (Jan. 18).

Tough Schedule
The early portion of Southeast's Ohio Valley Conference schedule has been anything but easy. The Redhawks already played the top two teams in the OVC East Division (Belmont, Morehead State) and OVC West Division leader Murray State. Southeast also played Austin Peay (Jan. 4) and Tennessee Tech (Jan. 18) on the road and hosted Tennessee State (Jan. 11) during its rugged stretch. The Redhawks will play fellow OVC West Division teams in eight of their final 10 conference matchups.

About SIU Edwardsville
SIU Edwardsville comes to Cape Girardeau on a two-game winning streak. The Cougars, who have won three of their last five games, recently handed Murray State its first Ohio Valley Conference loss in Edwardsville on Jan. 16. SIUE followed that up with another home win, beating Austin Peay two days later. The Cougars are currently second in the OVC West Division with an overall record of 6-13 and 3-3 in league play. Donivine Stewart leads SIUE with 11.4 points per game as the lone Cougar averaging double figures in the scoring column. SIUE ranks ninth in the OVC in scoring offense with 70.7 points per contest.

Johnson Delivers
Nino Johnson scored 10 points as one of five players in double figures at Tennessee Tech (Jan. 18). Johnson made 4-of-5 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds in a career-high 38 minutes. He scored double figures for the eighth time this season and first since pitching in 13 at Murray State on Jan. 2.

High Scoring Redhawks
Southeast scored 83 or more points in three of its last four games. The Redhawks put up 94 in a 13-point loss (102-94) to Belmont on Jan. 9, 102 points in an eight-point win (102-94) vs. Tennessee State on Jan. 11 and 83 points in a nine-point win (83-74) at Tennessee Tech on Jan. 18. Southeast also scored over 90 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1997-98 at the beginning of that stretch. The Redhawks lead the Ohio Valley Conference and rank 17th in the nation in scoring offense with 83 points per game. Additionally, Southeast ranks 14th nationally in total assists (306) and 15th in field goal percentage (.490).

Role Play
Since Tyler Stone has been out of the starting lineup, he has given Southeast's bench a massive lift. Stone dropped in a season-high 27 points on 8-of-11 field goals and a career-best 10-of-15 free throws against Tennessee State (Jan. 11). He also grabbed nine rebounds, dished out two assists and had two blocks in 32 minutes. Stone's strong effort keyed a 43-15 advantage for the Redhawks in bench points. The 43 points were most in a game by Southeast's reserves this season. Stone came off the bench to score double figures in four-straight games before returning to the starting lineup at Tennessee Tech (Jan. 18). He recorded a double-double 23 points and 16 rebounds in his first start since Jan. 2.

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