Southeast Missouri (6-11, 1-1 OVC) at Belmont (8-4, 2-0 OVC)
Saturday, January 7, 2017
7 p.m., CT
Curb Event Center (5,000)
Belmont leads, 4-0
Belmont 92, SEMO 82 (Dec. 31, 2015 / Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Head Coaches: Rick Ray
(48-95 overall; 11-35 at SEMO; 3-15 OVC). Rick Byrd (739-379 overall; 647-328 at BEL; 53-13 OVC).
Radio: SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM
, Real Rock 99.3 FM
Video: OVC Digital Network
Live Stats: BelmontBruins.com
Twitter Updates: @SEMOMBB
Southeast Missouri Notes
Redhawks Head to Belmont
Southeast Missouri (6-11, 1-1) squares off against Ohio Valley Conference East Division leader Belmont (8-4, 2-0) Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., CT, at the Curb Event Center.
Follow the Redhawks
Fans can listen to Saturday's game live on the radio at ESPN 92.9 FM and Real Rock 99.3 FM with Erik Sean calling the action from the Curb Event Center. Video can be accessed online at the OVC Digital Network. Live stats are available at BelmontBruins.com. Twitter updates provided @SEMOMBB.
Belmont leads the all-time series against Southeast, 4-0. The Bruins averaged 96 points per game in those four matchups. Belmont won three of the meetings by double figures and scored 107 points in back-to-back contests (Jan. 10, 2013; Jan. 9, 2014). The Redhawks fell to the Bruins, 78-77, in their last trip to Belmont on Jan. 1, 2015.
Redhawks Suffer Close Loss Thursday
Southeast saw a two-game winning streak end in a close 65-62 loss at Tennessee State Thursday. Neither team led by more than four points in the final 9:13 of the contest. The Redhawks had a chance to take the lead and tie the game in the last 31 seconds, but missed a 3-pointer on each of those occasions. Tahjere McCall, who had a game-high 27 points, stole the ball on Southeast's final possession as time expired.
Tall Order Ahead
The Redhawks close out their two-game road trip against preseason Ohio Valley Conference favorite and East Division leader Belmont Saturday. The Bruins are on a four-game winning streak and beat UT Martin, 83-67, behind a career-high 30 points by Nick Smith. Smith made an Ohio Valley Conference single-game record 10 three-pointers in that contest. Belmont leads the league in free throw percentage (.738) and 3-point field goals made (10.6 per game). Preseason OVC Player of the Year Evan Bradds leads Belmont and ranks third in the conference in scoring with 19 points a game. The Bruins are 82-6 (.931) at home since Feb. 5, 2010. It is the third-best homecourt winning percentage in the nation behind Kansas (104-4, .963) and Kentucky (111-5, .957).
Vranes Misses First Game
Forward Milos Vranes
did not play against Tennessee State Thursday, missing his first game of the season. Vranes was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. He will likely be out for Saturday's matchup at Belmont.
Foul Trouble Depletes Frontcourt
With Milos Vranes
already out for Thursday's game at Tennessee State, the Redhawks frontcourt took even a bigger hit when Trey Kellum
and William Tchiengang
each fouled out with over three minutes left. Tchiengang picked up three of his fouls in seven minutes during the first half.
Freshman guard Tahj Eaddy
has scored double figures in three of his last four games off the bench. Eaddy scored double-digits for the first time in his career when he dropped in a season-best 13 vs. Henderson State (Dec. 29). He then opened Ohio Valley Conference play with 10 points vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 31) and at Tennessee State (Jan. 5). Eaddy is one of three Redhawks averaging double figures in the scoring column early in league action.
Cleveland Clears 1,300 Points
notched 15 points in his last start at Tennessee State (Jan. 5). As a result, Cleveland went over 1,300 points in his career. He enters Saturday's game with 1,304 points and ranks eighth all-time among Southeast's career scoring leaders.
3-Point Shooting Dips
After knocking down 10 or more 3-pointers in two-straight games, Southeast made just 4-of-20 from long range in its first Ohio Valley Conference road game of the season at Tennessee State (Jan. 5). Two of those misses came in the final 31 seconds when the Redhawks had a chance to tie the game or take the lead. Southeast's .200 three-point field goal percentage against the Tigers tied a season-low.
27 and Counting
Guard Antonius Cleveland
scored double figures in 27-straight games and 34 of his last 35 starts. Cleveland leads the Redhawks with 71 double-digit scoring games and eight double-doubles in his career. He began the 2016-17 campaign with 10 points and scored the Redhawks first eight points of the season at Illinois (Nov. 11). It is the longest double-digit scoring streak of his career.