CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
– Jamaal Calvin
, Antonius Cleveland
and Denzel Mahoney
each scored 18 points to lead Southeast Missouri (5-10) to an 89-75 victory over Henderson State (7-2) Thursday at the Show Me Center.
SEMO led wire-to-wire en route to snapping a season-long seven-game losing streak in its final non-conference matchup.
"I was really pleased with our team tonight," said SEMO head coach Rick Ray
. "Our shot selection was good as the game went on and we were aggressive attacking the paint and making plays."
Calvin knocked down his first five 3-pointers of the game to key a strong start for the Redhawks. Three of his makes helped open a 21-9 lead in the first 8:22.
HSU pulled to within seven on two occasions before Calvin's fifth 3-pointer put SEMO ahead by double figures again. The Redhawks went on to outscore the Reddies, 19-9, in the final 7:24 to take a 46-36 halftime lead.
SEMO shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the field and knocked down seven
3-pointers in the first half. Calvin led all scorers with 15 points in the opening stanza.
The Redhawks defended well in the second half, holding HSU to 39.4 percent (13-of-33) from the field and just 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from long range.
A jumper by Chris Hawkins sliced SEMO's lead to 66-63 with 8:51 left, but that was as close as the Reddies would get.
The Redhawks countered with a 10-0 run immediately after Hawkins' basket to get back ahead, 76-63. Milos Vranes
scored a layup, Calvin drained another three and both Mahoney and Cleveland each scored during that stretch.
Vranes later knocked down two free throws to give SEMO its largest lead at 87-72 before the Redhawks polished off the win.
SEMO picked up its fifth victory of the season, matching its win total from a year ago. The Redhawks also extended their winning streak to 25 games against non-Division I programs.
Calvin shot 6-of-10 from the field as his six treys tied a career-high. He also made his 100th
career 3-pointer at the 15:20 mark of the first half.
Cleveland was 8-of-14 from the floor and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. He dished out five assists and had two steals, as well.
Mahoney, after going scoreless in his previous start vs. Cornell (Dec. 23), bounced back to hit 7-of-13 field goals. He also grabbed seven rebounds.
Vranes and Jonathan Dalton
rounded out SEMO's five double-digit scorers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
SEMO's 89 points and 56.9 percent clip from the field marked new season-highs. The Redhawks shot a scorching 58.6 percent (17-of-29) in the second half alone.
Additionally, SEMO outrebounded HSU, 41-26, and had 11 offensive boards.
The Redhawks start Ohio Valley Conference play when they host Eastern Kentucky Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m., CT, at the Show Me Center.