– Antonius Cleveland
had a double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds, and all five starters scored double figures to lead Southeast Missouri (1-10) to a 78-74 win over in-state rival Missouri State (4-8) Tuesday night.
Southeast snapped an 11-game losing streak, its fourth-longest in program history. The Redhawks also gave Rick Ray
his first win as their head coach.
"I thought our guys did a good job of attacking and sharing the basketball," said Ray. "We did a nice job of chasing down balls and played well defensively. I'm really proud of the way we played."
Southeast created lots of problems for MSU, which turned the ball over 16 times and shot only 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from 3-point range against the Ohio Valley Conference's top 3-point field goal percentage defense.
MSU led only once when Dequon Miller's 3-pointer gave the Bears a 6-5 edge with 18:08 left to play in the first half. After that, Southeast never relinquished its lead.
Things were tight between the longstanding rivals in the final 1:30, where neither team led by more than four and it was a one-possession game on four separate occasions.
Ryan Kreklow got a big bounce on a 3-pointer that clanked off the side of the iron and bounced up and hit the top of the backboard before dropping in the hoop to cut Southeast's lead to 74-73 at the 1:20 mark. Jamaal Calvin
, who was sidelined the last four games with a hamstring injury, missed three of four free throws before sinking two to give the Redhawks a 77-73 cushion with 30 seconds remaining.
Miller later went to the free throw line to shoot two with 11 seconds on the clock. After making his first shot, Miller missed and Jarred Dixon grabbed the offensive rebound. Miller's jumper went off the rim and Cleveland was fouled on the rebound.
Cleveland's free throw with five seconds left iced Southeast's first victory of the season.
Southeast gained momentum with a strong start in the early going.
The Redhawks forced eight MSU turnovers and scored 11 points off those mishaps. Eric McGill
, who ranks fourth in the OVC in steals, had three and Isiah Jones
collected two helping Southeast get ahead.
Offensively, the Redhawks made four of their first seven field goals, with Jones knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and McGill adding one. Southeast took a 15-8 lead on Joel Angus III
's jumper right after McGill's trey.
Miller's layup tied the game at 25-25 with 6:15 left, but the Bears didn't get ahead.
Angus answered with a jumper to kickstart a 15-8 run that closed out the period. He scored two more points on a couple free throws.
Cleveland also contributed five points and McGill made two layups. Tony Anderson
rebounded a miss by Jones and scored with one second left to give Southeast a 40-33 lead at halftime.
The halftime lead was the Redhawks second of the season and first since Nov. 24 (42-36, at UT Rio Grande Valley).
Southeast, which led by 12 with 15:44 remaining in the second half, shot 48 percent (29-of-60) from the field for the second-straight game. The Redhawks posted season-highs in points, steals (11), points in the paint (42) and points off turnovers (18), as well.
Cleveland shot 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-12 at the free throw line. He also had four assists and three steals in 35 minutes. It was Cleveland's first double-double this season and third of his career.
Jones followed with 17 points and made all but one of the Redhawks 3-pointers. He matched a career-high five 3s, shooting 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Jones led Southeast with five assists and added three steals.
Angus scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Trey Kellum
and McGill each finished with 10 points to round out the Redhawks balanced scoring. McGill collected three steals and his 10 points were a season-high.
Southeast's distruptive defense limited MSU leading scorer Camyn Boone to just six points on four shot attempts. Boone entered the game averaging 13.7 points per contest.
Miller led the Bears with 17 points, while Dixon and Dorrian Williams followed with 15 and 10, respectively.
Tonight's win was the Redhawks first against the Bears in Springfield since Feb. 21, 1981.
Southeast breaks for the Christmas holiday before hosting Harris-Stowe in its final tune-up before OVC play on Dec. 27. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m., CT, at the Show Me Center.