Indians Run out of Luck, Drop to 0-2 in OVC
Jan. 10, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU - It was a game of back-and-forths for Southeast Saturday night as the Indians dropped their second OVC matchup in as many days 71-69 to Tennessee Tech.
The Indians (7-6, 0-2 OVC) traded the lead with the Golden Eagles (7-6, 1-1 OVC) 10 times during the first half, but seemed to pull away at the end of the half as they carried a 44-34 lead into the locker room.
Tech chipped away at the Southeast lead, and with 10 minutes left to play the Indians held a 54-51 advantage. But, the Golden Eagles went on a 13-0 run, and followed that with a 5-1 run to take a 69-55 lead.
With Southeast down by 14, with only five minutes left to play, the Indians mounted a heroic 14-0 run to tie the game at 69, with just 24 seconds left in regulation. However, with time running out, TTU's Keyon Boyd hit a 15-foot jumper to give the Golden Eagles the win.
Derek Winans, after receiving a plaque for scoring his 1,000 point two days earlier, led Southeast with 18 points, including the three-pointer that tied the game at 69 apiece. Mike Nelke had 12 points on 4-of-10 from three-point range. Reggie Golson also reached double digits as he put in 10 points.
Senior center Brandon Griffin led all rebounders in the game, picking up eight boards. Southeast, however, was outrebounded 34-30 on the night.
For Tech, Willie Jenkins led all scorers with 23 points, followed by Cameron Crisp who tossed in 18.
Tennessee Tech outshot Southeast 56 to 35 percent in the second half. Southeast shot frequently from outside, hitting 13-of-34 shots from beyond the arc.
Southeast will try again to pick up its first OVC win as it heads to Eastern Illinois Tuesday night to play the Panthers at 7:30 p.m.