Southeast Hosts Eastern Illinois in OVC Home Opener
Jan. 10, 2005
Eastern Illinois @ Southeast Missouri
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005
Show Me Center., 7:30 p.m.
The Teams: Southeast Missouri State is 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the OVC after league road losses at Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. The Indians league play with two straight wins after upsetting Saint Louis 65-49 at the Savvis Center in St. Louis and whipping Lincoln 95-68 at the Show Me Center. The Indians have road losses at Bradley, Wisconsin-Green Bay, wins over Rockhurst, South Dakota State and Central Methodist and home losses to Montana and Southern Illinois. Five of the eight losses have been by four points or less. Eastern Illinois is 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the OVC after league road losses at Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay. The Panthers are 0-7 on the road.
The Coaches: Gary Garner is 356-270 in his 22nd year as a collegiate head coach. He is 109-105 in his eighth year at Southeast.
Rick Samuels is 353-352 in his 25th season at Eastern Illinois.
The Series: Eastern Illinois leads the series 16-13.
Last Season: Southeast and Eastern Illinois split two games with the Indians winning at Charleston and the Panthers winning at the Show Me Center
HALE OUT: Senior Brett Hale, the top 3-point shooter in the OVC, is out indefinitely with a wrist injury suffered during practice on Friday night at Tennessee Tech. He leads the OVC in 3-point field goal percentage with 22-40 for .550. He shoots .506 from the field and .875 from the free throw line.
Hale needs 50 more points to become the 19th player in Southeast history to score 1,000 career points. He currently has 950 career points.
GONNER 2nd IN OVC SCORING: Junior Dainmon Gonner ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring with an average of 18.8 points per game.
Gonner had a career high 36 points in the season opening loss at Bradley. He was 11-20 from the field, 5-9 from three and 9-13 from the line.
Gonner also leads Southeast in steals with 23 and ranks third in the OVC in steals.
WINANS RANKS 5th ON SCORING LIST: Senior Derek Winans has moved up to fifth on the all-time career scoring list at Southeast. He has 1,344 points to rank as the active career scoring leader in the OVC.
Winans did not start practice until Monday, Nov. 29, because of a stress fracture in his leg. He has been gradually working his way back into playing shape. He got his first start of the season on Jan. 8 at Tennessee Tech.
In addition to being the active career scoring leader in the OVC, Winans also leads the active career leaders in 3-pointers made with 197, ranks second in steals with 133. third in assists with 243 and 10th in rebounding with 242.
Winans streak of having started 84 consecutive games ended at Bradley. He has been Southeast's top scorer for each of the last three seasons and is the school's first ever basketball Academic All-American.
GOLSON LEADS REBOUNDERS: Senior Reggie Golson leads the team in rebounding with 8.6 per game which is second best in the OVC. He was named the OVC Player of the Week on Dec. 13 after averaging 15 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He had a career high 14 rebounds vs. Montana.
Golson also leads the team in field goal percentage (.566), and blocks (23).
WILLOUGHBY FROM THREE: Sophomore Terrick Willoughby continues to show improved shooting. He is shooting .500 from three, .436 from the field and .583 from the line.
INJURIES: James White is out for the season with a knee injury while Ketshner Guerrier is out for another four to five weeks with a knee injury suffered during shoot around prior to the South Dakota State game. Brett Hale is out indefinitely with a wrist injury.
Mike Nelke is playing with a small fracture in his left wrist.
BUZZER BEATER: Mike Nelke's off balance 3-pointer at the buzzer provided Southeast with a 59-58 win over South Dakota State. Nelke, who was hampered with a bad wrist, was 0-8 from the field prior to his game winning shot.
PARADOSKI NAMED OVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Paul Paradoski was the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on Nov. 30 after recording a double-double in his first collegiate start against Rockhurst. Paradoski had 10 points and 11 assists.
The freshman from Vianney High School has started 11 of 13 games this season and leads the team in assists with 39.
FRANCIS BREAKS OUT: Waylon Francis had his best game of the season at Western Kentucky with a career high 10 points and nine rebounds. He averages 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game despite being slowed by a dislocated finger on his left hand.
CANADA TRIP: Southeast got a jump start on the 2004-2005 season by playing three exhibition games in Canada over the Labor Day weekend. Southeast was 2-1.
SID STREAK: Ron Hines, Southeast Sports Information Director has worked 708 consecutive basketball games. He has not missed a game since 1980.
EARLY SIGNING: Southeast has signed 6-7 Tyrell Curry of State Fair Community College to a national letter of intent. Curry played at Cincinnati State Community College last season where he averaged 11 points and nine rebounds per game. He is originally from Tacoma, Wash.
NEXT: Southeast plays at Tennessee State on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. The Indians return to the Show Me Center on Jan. 20 vs. Tennessee Tech and Jan. 22 vs. Austin Peay. The Jan. 22 game will tipoff at 5 p.m. and will be televised throughout the southern United States on CSS and locally on UPN-The Beat.
Blake Fulton of Nashville, Tenn., will be the play-by-play announcer with commentary by former Clemson and Auburn coach Cliff Ellis.
The game will feature the debut of the new Redhawk mascot..
THE REDHAWKS ARE COMING: All athletic teams at Southeast will become Redhawks on Saturday, Jan. 22 when the new Redhawk mascot will be introduced.
SOUTHEAST ON RADIO: All Southeast games can be heard on the Southeast Radio Network anchored by K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Erik Sean will be in his fourth season as the play-by-play voice of Southeast basketball. Todd Bonacki will add commentary for home games while Ron Hines will do color on the road games. The games can also be heard on the internet at www.k103fm.com.
Gary Garner ON RADIO: Gary Garner has a one-hour radio show each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The show is broadcast live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau on ESPN Radio, 1220 AM. Erik Sean is host for the show.
GARNER ON TELEVISION: Southeast Missouri Basketball with Gary Garner will be televised weekly on UPN-The Beat. Todd Richards host the show that airs at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday.