Indians Improve to .500 in OVC
Jan. 15, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team won its second game in three nights as the Indians topped the Tigers of Tennessee State 81-75 Thursday night in what was a very physical game.
Although the referees handed out 55 fouls between the two teams, including two intentional, Southeast used a well-balanced scoring attack to topple the previously OVC-unbeaten Tigers (3-11, 2-1 OVC). Derek Winans led the way for the Indians as he shot 6-of-9 from the field and had 22 points. The junior guard has reached double digits in each of his last five games, and is averaging 19.6 points per game in that span.
Fellow junior guard Mike Nelke added 16 points for the Indians, as he had a hot shooting hand. Nelke was 4-of-6 from three, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Seniors Brandon Griffin and Damarcus Hence each had 12 points in the contest. Griffin led all players with nine rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.
Tennessee State was powered by the outstanding play of junior Roshaun Bowens. The forward scored a career-high 33 points, on 11-of-19 from the floor. Bowens was 2-of-3 from three, and 9-of-13 from the free throw line.
The Tigers got 16 points off the bench from guard Brandon Lockridge. Lockridge spelled freshman standout Bruce Price, who was averaging 17.8 points per game coming into the contest. Southeast held Price to just seven points, on a 1-for-9 performance from the floor.
After exchanging leads three times in the early going, Southeast controlled most of the first half, and took a 34-31 lead at halftime.
In the second frame, the Indians held the lead until midway through the half. TSU briefly took leads at 56-55, and 58-57, but Southeast regained the lead, and never relinquished it.
Southeast now heads on the road for the next four games. The Indians travel to Tennessee Tech Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. for their next matchup.