Southeast Hosts Truman State in Basketball Opener
Nov. 16, 2005
BASKETBALL GAME INFORMATION
Southeast Missouri State Vs.Truman State
Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, 7:30 p.m., Show Me Center
Southeast Missouri State Vs.IPFW
Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, 7:30 p.m., Show Me Center Truman State "Bulldogs"
The Teams: The Truman State game will be the season opener for Southeast. The Redhawks were 2-0 in exhibition play with wins over Missouri-St. Louis and Arkansas Tech.
Truman State is 1-0 after beating Lincoln Christian 92-42 on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were 8-19 last season.
IPFW (Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne) opens the season by hosting Loyola of Chicago on Saturday. The Mastodons were 0-1 in exhibition play, losing to Huntington, 72-64. Last season, IPFW was 7-22.
The Coaches: Gary Garner goes into the 2005-2006 regular season with an overall record of 366-277 in 22 years as a collegiate head coach with a record of 119-112 in eight seasons at Southeast.
Jack Schrader is 105-170 in his 11th season at Truman State.
Dan Fife, former standout player at Indiana, is in his first year as a collegiate head coach.
The Series: Southeast leads the Truman State series 82-62. The teams last met in 2000 with the Redhawks winning 70-59.
Southeast leads the series with IPFW 1-0. The only game was at Fort Wayne in 2004 when the Redhawks won 77-75 on a last second shot by Brett Hale.
Johnson Remains Sidelined: Junior college transfer David Johnson suffered a sprained thumb in practice and did not play in either exhibition game. He is doubtful for the Truman State game.
Two Starters Return: The Redhawks return two starters from last year's team that was 15-14 and advanced to the semi-finals of the OVC post-season tournament. Terrick Willoughby, 6-4, junior, averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He was second in the OVC in 3-point shooting percentage at .439. Willoughby had 24 points in the exhibition opener and 16 points and five rebounds in the two games.
Sophomore Paul Paradoski started 27 games at the point guard position as a true freshman. He averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while leading the OVC in assist/turnover ratio with 3.0. Paradoski had 11 assists in the exhibition opener and 10 points, six assists and four rebounds in the Arkansas Tech game.
Big Men Return: Inside players Waylon Francis, 6-8, 240, and Ketshner Guerrier, 6-7, 225, are the only two other returnees from last year's team. Francis played in 26 games last season, averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He was scoreless in the exhibition opener, but had eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Guerrier played in just six games because of a knee injury that required surgery. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in the six games he played. Guerrier had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the UMSL game when he was 6-6 from the field and 3-3 from the line. He also had one block.
Booker Warms Up: Former Portageville all-stater Roy Booker, 6-3, senior, is anxious to get back on the court after sitting out last season under NCAA transfer rules. He played at Montana in 2003-2004 after playing two seasons at Allen County Community College in Kansas where he was rated as the best shooting guard in the nation by The Sporting News.
In the opening exhibition game, Booker had 18 points with 22 points in the second game to give him an average of 20 points per game in exhibition play.
Six Newcomers: Program sales should be brisk with six new players on this year's squad in addition to Booker who did not play last season. Junior college transfers include 6-8 Andrais Thornton, 6-7 Tyrell White, 6-6 John Chappell, 6-4 Eric Burtin and 6-4 David Johnson. The only freshman on the squad is 6-4 Eric Jones.
Ritter Walks On: Jared Ritter, grandson of former Southeast All-American Carl Ritter, has joined the team as a walk-on. Ritter, a 2003 graduate of Advance High School, played one season at Hannibal La Grange College. He attended Three Rivers Community College last year but did not play basketball. His grandfather, Carl, is the all-time leading scorer at Southeast who had his number retired in 1994 and is a member of the Southeast Athletic Hall of Fame.
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.
20 Game OVC Schedule: There will be a full round robin schedule in the OVC meaning a total of 20 conference games. The first OVC game will be on Dec. 3 at Tennessee-Martin.
National TV For Three Games: Three Southeast games will be nationally televised. The December 28 game at Illinois, last year's NCAA tournament runner-up, will be televised by ESPN U. The Jan. 2 game at the Show Me Center with Eastern Kentucky will also be televised by ESPN U with a 6 p.m. start. ESPN 2 will televise the Jan. 28 Show Me Center game with Murray State with a 3:00 p.m. tip off.
The Illinois game on Dec. 28 will also be televised locally by WDKA-TV.
Southeast Basketball With Gary Garner: Gary Garner will have a weekly 30-minute television show on UPN-The Beat. The show ill air at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning on Nov. 24. The show will be hosted by Todd Richards.
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.
Gary Garner Radio Show: The Gary Garner Radio Show will be broadcast from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. each Tuesday beginning on Nov. 22 on KGIR, 1220 AM. The show will originate live from Port Cape Girardeau. Erik Sean will be the program host.
SID Streak: Southeast sports information director Ron Hines has worked 727 consecutive games, the longest streak in NCAA Division I. Hines hasn't missed a game since 1980.