Southeast Basketball Goes On The Road
Feb. 14, 2005
Southeast Missouri @ Eastern Kentucky
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005
McBrayer Arena, Richmond, Ky., 6:30 p.m. (CST)
Southeast Missouri @ Morehead State
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005
Johnson Arena, Morehead, Ky., 6:45 p.m. (CST)
The Teams: Southeast Missouri State is 13-10 overall and 8-4 in the OVC after beating Tennessee State 85-68 on Saturday night.. It was the seventh straight win for the Redhawks who have OVC wins over Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois (2), Jacksonville State, Samford, UT-Martin, Murray State and Tennessee State. The losses are to Tennessee Tech twice, Tennessee State and Austin Peay. Seven of the 10 losses have been by four points or less and two of the OVC losses were in overtime.
Eastern Kentucky is 15-8 overall and 7-5 in the OVC while Morehead State is 10-13 overall and 4-8 in the OVC.
The Coaches: Gary Garner is 364-273 in his 22nd year as a collegiate head coach. He is 117-108 in his eighth year at Southeast.
Travis Ford is 40-64 in his fifth season at EKU while Kyle Macy is 85-105 in his seventh season at Morehead State.
The Series: Southeast leads the Eastern Kentucky series 12-11 and leads the Morehead State series 14-12
Last Season: Southeast lost to Eastern Kentucky 85-81 and beat Morehead State 80-77.
WIN STREAK: The Redhawks seven-game win streak is the longest since the 1999-2000 season when Southeast won six straight before being beaten by LSU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The seven game streak is the longest ever at the Division I level. At the Division II level, Southeast won 10 straight during the 1988-89 season, 11 straight in 1989-90 and 20 straight during the 1987-88 season.
THE OVC RACE; With four games remaining in the regular season, Southeast is in a three-way tie for second place in the OVC. The Redhawks are just one game out of first place. Samford leads the league with a 9-3 record, while Southeast, Murray State, and Tennessee Tech are all 8-4. Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay are 7-5. The top four teams will get a first-round home game in the OVC tournament.
DYNAMIC DUO: Dainmon Gonner leads the OVC in scoring (20.2) and steals (2.9) while Reggie Golson leads the league in rebounding (9.0) and blocks (2.4). Gonner and Golson were teammates at Hutchinson CC.
GONNER LEADS OVC SCORING: Senior Dainmon Gonner, selected as the OVC Player of the Week on Jan. 21 after averaging 30 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in two OVC games, continues to lead the OVC in scoring with 20.2 points per game which ranks him 16th nationally.
Gonner had a career high 37 points and a career high 12 rebounds in the double-overtime loss at Tennessee State. The 37 points topped an earlier 36 point effort at Bradley.
Gonner also leads Southeast and the OVC in steals with 2.9 per game which ranks him 10th nationally.
GOLSON LEADS REBOUNDERS: Senior Reggie Golson leads the team and OVC in rebounding with 9.0 per game and blocks with 4.4 per game. Golson leads the team in field goal percentage with .543, third best in the OVC.
Golson 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 is 28th nationally in blocked shots, 39th nationally in rebounding and 50th nationally in field goal percentage.
PARADOSKI LEADS OVC IN ASSIST/TO RATIO: Freshman Paul Paradoski currently leads the OVC in assist/turnover ratio at 2.52. He 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 rebounds.
WINANS GOES OVER 1,400 POINTS: Winans has moved up to fifth on the all-time career scoring list at Southeast. He has 1,449 points to rank as the second leading 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 gradually worked his way back into playing shape. He got his first start of the season on Jan. 8 at Tennessee Tech.
In addition to being second in active career scoring in the OVC, Winans leads the active career leaders in 3-pointers made with 213, ranks second in steals with 144, third in assists with 270 and 10th in rebounding with 257.
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.
WILLOUGHBY GETS HOT: Terrick Willoughby leads the OVC in 3-point field goal percentage with 40-85 for .471. He scored a career-high 25 points in the win over Jacksonville State and came back with 14 points against Samford, 17 points at UT-Martin, a team-high 19 points at Murray State, 17 at Eastern Illinois abd 16 vs. TSU.
In OVC games only, Willoughby averages 12.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He shoots .457 from the field, .444 from three and .758 from the line.
BELCHER PROVIDES SPARK: Ryan "Fuzzy" Belcher continues to provide a spark off the bench. He had nine points vs. Jacksonville State and 11 vs. Samford. For the season, Belcher is shooting .571 from the field, .423 from three and .760 from the line.
HALE LOST FOR SEASON: Senior Brett Hale, the top 3-point shooter in the OVC, is out for the season with a fractured wrist. He suffered during practice at Tennessee Tech on Jan. 7.
At the time of his injury, he led the OVC in 3-point field goal percentage with 22-40 for .550. He shot .506 from the field and .875 from the free throw line.
Hale needed 50 more points to become the 19th player in Southeast history to score 1,000 career points. He ended his career with 950 career points.
Ketshner Guerrier, who has missed 14 games with a knee injury suffered in shoot around prior to the South Dakota State game, is now available for action.
Mike Nelke is playing with a small fracture in his left wrist.
SID STREAK: Ron Hines, Southeast Sports Information Director has worked 718 consecutive basketball games. He has not missed a game since 1980.
THE REDHAWKS ARE BORN: All athletic teams at Southeast became Redhawks Saturday, Jan. 22, when the new Redhawks mascot was introduced prior to the Austin Peay game. Southeast is 7-0 as Redhawks.
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: Following the games at Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State, Southeast will close the regular season by hosting Murray State on Thursday, Feb. 24, and Tennessee-Martin on Saturday, Feb. 26.
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.