Southeast Plays at Austin Peay
Jan. 29, 2006
BASKETBALL GAME INFORMATION
Southeast Missouri State at Austin Peay
Mon., Jan. 30, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Dunn Center, Clarksville, Tenn.
The Teams: Southeast Missouri is 6-13 overall and 3-10 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks, who have lost six straight, have wins over Truman State, South Dakota State, Tennessee State, Central Methodist, Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Illinois and losses to IPFW, Nebraska, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech (2), Samford, Jacksonville State, nationally ranked Illinois, Murray State (2), Austin Peay, Tennessee State and Morehead State.
Austin Peay is 11-10 overall and 6-6 in the OVC.
The Coach: Gary Garner has an overall record of 372-290 in his 23rd year as a collegiate head coach with a record of 125-125 in his ninth season at Southeast.
The Series: Austin Peay leads the series 20-14.
Earlier Game: Austin Peay beat the Redhawks 63-56 on Jan. 14 at the Show Me Center. Roy Booker led Southeast with a career high 33 points.
Booker Ranks 14th Nationally In Scoring: Senior Roy Booker leads the Redhawks in scoring with 22.5 points per game, tops in the OVC and 14th nationally in NCAA Division I. He had a career high 33 points in the Jan. 14 loss to Austin Peay and came back with 27 at Tennessee State and 30 points at Tennessee Tech. Booker scored 22 points in last Thursday night's loss to Morehead State. He had 26 points including 12-12 from the line vs. Murray State. He has made his last 14 free throws in a row and and has made 22 of his last 23.
Booker was the Jan. 9 OVC Newcomer of the Week after averaging over 20 points per game in three conference games last week. He was also honored as the OVC Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 2 after averaging 24.5 points per game over the prior three games.
Booker ranks third in the OVC in 3-point field goals per game with 2.89, ranks ninth in 3-point field goal percentage at .342 and ranks fifth in free throw percentage at .839.
The Montana transfer had 27 points in the win over Tennessee State He had 26 points at Illinois and at Eastern Illinois.
Booker was named the OVC Player of the Week after scoring 60 points in three games the week of 11-21. He had is first career double-double at Nebraska with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
In the first game of career at Southeast Missouri State, Booker came up with the game winner when he hit a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining to give the Redhawks a 59-56 win over Truman State.
Booker Graduates: Roy Booker became a Southeast graduate on Dec. 17 when he graduated with a bachelor's degree in University Studies. He will continue to play while taking graduate courses.
Willoughby Hot and Cold: Junior Terrick Willoughby has had a roller coaster season. After three straight hot shooting games, Willoughby was 0-7 vs. Austin Peay. He was 4-9 from the field and 3-6 from three in the OVC win over Eastern Kentucky, was 6-9 from the field and 3-4 from three in the win at Eastern Illinois and was 5-8 from the field and 1-3 from three at Murray State.
In the three games prior to Austin Peay, Willoughby was 15-26 (.577) from the field and 7-13 (.538) from three.
Against Tennessee State on Jan.19, Willoughby was 2-7 from the field and 2-6 from three. At Tennessee Tech, he was 3-7 from the field and 3-6 from three, but was only 2-12 from the field and 2-8 from three in last Thursday night's loss to Morehead State. Against Murray State on Saturday, Willoughby was 4-7 from the field and 2-3 from three. For the season he is shooting .378 from the field and .375 from three. Willoughby ranks fifth in the OVC in 3-point field goal percentage.
Thornton Leads Rebounders: Junior college transfer Andrais Thornton, who played only 10-minutes at Tennessee Tech because of back spasms, leads the Redhawks in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game, fifth best in the OVC.
Thornton played 23-minutes against Morehead State but left the games several times with back spasms. He had eight points and six rebounds.
Against Murray State, Thornton was near full strength and contributed 11 points and four rebounds in 29-minutes of play.
Paradoski Assists: Sophomore point guard Paul Paradoski leads the team in assists with 4.42 which ranks him sixth in the OVC. He is eighth in the league in assist/turnover ratio with 1.61. He led the OVC in assist/turnover ratio last season.
Paradoski is averaging 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Burtin Sidelined: Junior guard Eric Burtin suffered a broken leg in the Dec. 21 loss at Tennessee State. He will be lost for the remainder of the season.
Burtin played in 16 games this season, starting six. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Burtin joins fellow junior college transfer David Johnson on the sideline. Johnson had hernia surgery after playing in only three games for the Redhawks. He averaged 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Hitting The Boards: Southeast Missouri ranks third in the OVC in rebounding margin with a plus 0.6. Andrais Thornton leads the way for the Redhawks with 6.7 caroms per game while Ketshner Guerrier averages 4.3 per game and Waylon Francis 4.8.
Big Men Sink Free Throws: Ketshner Guerrier has made his last 11 free throws in a row to raise his seasonal stats to 18-26 for .692. Waylon Francis has made 11-13 free throws this season for .846. He has made eight of his last nine free throws.
Team Free Throws: Southeast ranks third in the OVC in free throw percentage with .749 from the line. The Redhawks were 19-19 from the line in the first half of the Murray State game.
Ritter Walks On: Jared Ritter, grandson of the all-time leading scorer at Southeast, Carl Ritter, has joined the Southeast team as a walk-on. Ritter, a 5-11 junior, played one year of college basketball at Hannibal La Grange and spent last season at Three Rivers Community College where he did not play basketball.
Carl Ritter, a member of the Southeast Athletic Hall of Fame, was an All-American in 1961 and 1963. He had 1,916 career points.
Redhawks Still Look For Win 200 At The Show Me Center: Southeast is 199-80 (.713) since the Show Me Center opened in 1987. The first win was an 84-66 victory over Southern Arkansas on Nov. 27, 1987. Win number 100 came on Dec. 2, 1994 when the Redhawks beat Fairfield 82-75.
The Redhawks got win number 199 on Jan. 2 vs. Eastern Kentucky but have failed to get 200 in losses to Austin Peay on Jan. 14, Morehead State on Jan. 26 and Murray State on Jan. 28.
Two Early Signings: Southeast signed two players during the early signing period. JaJuan Maxwell, 6-6, 205, is from Raytown High School in Raytown, Mo. He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior and was all-conference and all-metro in the Kansas City area.
Roderick Pearson, 6-2, 175, is from Raytown South High School in Raytown. He averaged 12 points, six assists and three steals per game as a junior and was recently voted the MVP of the prestigious William Jewell High School Tournament in Liberty, Mo.
Television: The Redhawks vs. Murray State game was televised live by ESPN 2. Bucky Waters and Jerry Punch were the announcers. Southeast had two appearances on ESPNU, the Illinois game on Dec. 28 and the Eastern Kentucky game on Jan. 2.
Southeast On Radio: All Southeast games will be broadcast on the Southeast Sports Network anchored by K-103 Radio in Cape Girardeau. Erik Sean will be in his fifth season as play-by-play announcer with Todd Bonacki adding commentary for home games while Sports Information Director Ron Hines will do color on the road broadcasts.
All the games can be heard worldwide on the internet at www.k103fm.com.
SID Streak: Southeast sports information director has worked 746 consecutive games, the longest streak in NCAA Division I. Hines hasn't missed a game since 1980.
Next For The Redhawks: The Redhawks return to the Show Me Center Saturday night to host Tennessee-Martin. The tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m.