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Men's Basketball Plays Austin Peay in Quarterfinals of OVC Tournament Tonight

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March 3, 2011

2011 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
#7 Southeast Missouri (10-21) vs. #3 Austin Peay (19-12)

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tip-Off: 8 p.m., CT
Site: Nashville Municipal Auditorium (9,654)
Series Record: Austin Peay leads, 30-15
Coaches: Dickey Nutt (206-231 Overall, 17-44 at Southeast, 9-27 OVC); Dave Loos (432-341 Overall, 350-288 at APSU, 222-133 OVC) Redhawks Radio Network: K-103 FM KEZS
(Flagship Station/Cape Girardeau), 1440 AM KSIM (Sikeston), 903 AM KWOC (Poplar Bluff), 1470 AM KMAL (Malden). (Todd Bonacki, play-by-play).
Webcast: OVCSports.TV

Southeast Missouri Notes

Southeast Missouri Probable Starters
Lucas Nutt, G
Marland Smith, G
Anthony Allison, G
Cameron Butler, F
Leon Powell, F

Austin Peay Probable Starters
Caleb Brown, G
Will Triggs, F
TyShwan Edmondson, G
John Fraley, C
Josh Terry, F

Six Still Alive
Six teams remain in this year's Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. No. 8 UT Martin eliminated No. 5 Tennessee State (68-64) and No. 7 Southeast Missouri knocked out No. 6 Eastern Kentucky (65-49) in first round action Wednesday.

Redhawks End Two-Game Skid in Tournament Play
Southeast ended a two-game losing streak at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament with its win over Eastern Kentucky Wednesday. The tournament victory was the Redhawks first since 2005.

All-Time at the OVC Tournament
The Redhawks improved to 7-8 all-time in Ohio Valley Conference Tournament games. Southeast last made the tournament in 2006-07 where it fell to No. 3 seed Tennessee Tech, 88-60, in the first round. The Redhawks were a No. 6 seed in their last postseason appearance. This year marks Southeast's 10th OVC Tournament appearance. The Redhawks previously made the tourney in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Southeast vs. Austin Peay at OVC Tournament
Thursday marks the third time where Southeast faces Austin Peay at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Redhawks are 0-2 against the Governors in postseason play. Austin Peay eliminated Southeast in the first first round of the 1998 and 2001 tournaments.

Series History
Austin Peay is 30-15 in its all-time series against Southeast. The Governors have beaten the Redhawks six-straight times. Austin Peay averaged 76.5 points in 76.5 points in two wins against Southeast this year. The Governors won, 78-60, in Cape Girardeau on Dec. 2 and, 75-52, in Clarksville on Feb. 26.

Southeast vs. the OVC Tournament Field
Southeast is 0-2 vs. Austin Peay, 1-0 vs. Eastern Illinois, 2-1 vs. Murray State, 1-0 vs. UT Martin, 0-2 vs. Tennessee Tech, 0-1 vs. Morehead State, 1-1 vs. Eastern Kentucky and 2-1 vs. Middle Tennessee all-time at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

Redhawks Post First Round Win
The Redhawks were eliminated in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in six of its first nine appearances leading up to Wednesday's win over Eastern Kentucky. Southeast previously suffered first-round losses in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007.

Smith Keys Southeast's First OVC Tournament Victory
Marland Smith registered his first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds against Eastern Kentucky (Mar. 2). Smith (6-of-13) made each of his six field goals from three-point range. He had four treys in the first half alone. Smith, who has scored double figures in five-straight games, finished with 20 or more points for a team-high eighth time this season.

Powell Steps Up Again
Second-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference and All-Newcomer Team selection Leon Powell scored 12 points, had six rebounds, dished out a career-high seven assists and gathered two blocks in his OVC Tournament debut against Eastern Kentucky Wednesday. Powell scored double figures for the 26th time in 31 starts this year.

Nice Defense
Southeast held Eastern Kentucky to a season-low .281 (16-of-57) field goal percentage and 49 points in Wednesday's first-round matchup. The Redhawks also held the Colonels scoreless for a span of 7:15 and used a 13-0 run to put the game out of reach in the second half.

Brister Gives Redhawks Quality Minutes
Marcus Brister came off the bench to score 11 points against Eastern Kentucky (Mar. 2). Brister made 3-of-5 field goals and 5-of-10 free throws. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists, had one steal and only one turnover in 28 minutes. Brister has scored double- digits in two-straight games.

Mr. Perfection
Lucas Nutt made a perfect 2-of-2 three-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws in 38 minutes against Eastern Kentucky (Mar. 2). Nutt was one of four Redhawks with double figures in the scoring column against the Colonels. He also had six assists, one steal and no turnovers.

Red-Hot Shooting
Southeast opened Ohio Valley Conference Tournament play by shooting a season- best 58.3 percent (21-of-36) from the field. The Redhawks hit 10 of their first 16 shots of the game and shot 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from three-point range in the first half Wednesday. Southeast finished with a 66.7 percent (8-of-12) clip from three-point land, also a season-high.

Against the No. 3 Seed
The Redhawks are 2-2 against the No. 3 seed at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Southeast has faced the No. 3 seed the most times in its 10 trips to the OVC Tournament.

Governors Present Tall Task
Austin Peay has the second-most Ohio Valley Conference Tournament victories. The Governors are 37-31 all-time in OVC Tournament play. Austin Peay also has four OVC Tournament titles, with its last in 2007-08.

 
 

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