Redhawks Face Coppin State in Chicago
Nov. 22, 2007
BASKETBALL GAME INFORMATION
Chicago Invitational Challenge
Friday, Nov. 23, 2007
Southeast Missouri vs. Coppin State
Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 2-2 after beating Evansville of the Missouri Valley Conference 87-77 on Tuesday night and Culver-Stockton 87-78 last Friday night. The losses are to nationally ranked Xavier 90-59 and Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference, 90-71 on Wednesday. The Redhawks were 2-0 in exhibition play, beating Lincoln 102-96 and Missouri-Rolla, 80-63. Southeast Missouri State was 11-20 overall and 9-11 in the Ohio Valley Conference last season. The Redhawks have been picked to finish fifth in the OVC this season.
Coppin State is 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Chicago Invitational Challenge. The Eagles have wins over St. Paul's and Allen and losses to Kent State and Xavier.
THE COACHES: Scott Edgar is 13-22 in his second season as head coach at Southeast after previous head coaching stints at Murray State and Duquesne. His collegiate record is 121-117 in his ninth year as a head coach.
Ron "Fang" Mitchell has 320 wins in his 21st season at Coppin State and has 559 wins in his 29th season as a collegiate head coach.
THE SERIES: First Meeting
CHICAGO INVITATIONAL CHALLENGE: Southeast is 0-2 in the Chicago Invitational Challenge after losing to Xavier and Illinois State. The Redhawks continue tournament play in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates on Friday and Saturday. The Redhawks will face Coppin State at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and will play either Longwood or North Carolina-Wilmington at either 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Coppin State is also 0-2 in the tournament.
IMPRESSIVE START BY BOGAN: True freshman Will Bogan, 6-10, 300, is off to an impressive start with the Redhawks. After four games, Bogan, who got in early foul trouble against Evansville, averages 11.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting .545 from the field and .667 from the line. Bogan also has six assists and five blocked shots.
PEARSON LEADS SCORERS: Sophomore point guard Rod Pearson leads Southeast in scoring with 13.3 points per game. He had a seasonal high 18 points vs. Culver-Stockton and came back with 14 points against Evansville. For the season, he is shooting .484 from the field, .400 from three and .826 from the line.
REMBERT RETURNS HOME: Senior post player Michael Rembert is returning to his home area of Chicago. He played high school ball at St. Rita High School in Chicago.
Rembert is recovering from two off season knee surgeries, and saw his first playing time of the season in the win over Culver-Stockton. He played 13 minutes with five points and three rebounds. Against Evansville, Rembert played 19-minutes with seven points and three rebounds. A transfer from Bradley, Rembert averaged 9.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The Redhawks, who had been badly out rebounded in the first three games, hit the boards for a 49-30 rebounding advantage over Evansville. For the season, Southeast has been out rebounded 161-148.
REDHAWKS 2-0 IN EXHIBITIONS: Southeast beat Missouri-Rolla 80-63 to end a 2-0 exhibition season. The Redhawks came from behind to beat a hot shooting Lincoln team, 102-96, in the exhibition opener. Jaycen Herring led five Redhawks in double figures with 22 points while freshman Will Bogan added 20 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Herring had 19 points and six rebounds vs. Missouri-Rolla while sophomore guard Rod Pearson had 11 points. Senior David Johnson had a team-high four assists and added seven rebounds.
HERRING RETURNS: Junior college transfer Jaycen Herring, who led the Redhawks scoring in both exhibition games, suffered a thumb injury in practice the day before the Xavier game. The 6-5 transfer from Palm Beach CC who played his freshman season at Tennessee-Chattanooga, Herring averaged 20.5 points per game in the two exhibition games. With a heavily taped right thumb, he played just 18-minutes at Xavier with four points and played 20-minutes vs. Illinois State with eight points and four rebounds. He did not play in the Culver-Stockton game, but returned vs. Evansville with 10 points and four rebounds.
MAXWELL HAS SURGERY: Sophomore Jajuan Maxwell had minor knee surgery on Oct. 22. It was Maxwell's second surgery since last season and increases the possibility that he will be redshirted this season.
REDHAWKS HAVE ST. LOUIS RADIO STATION: The Southeast Basketball Network includes 1380 ESPN Radio in St. Louis. The network operated by Mississippi River Radio, will be anchored by 100,000 watt K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Other network stations include KSIM, Sikeston;, KWOC, Poplar Bluff and KMAL, Malden. Erik Sean will be the play-by-play voice of Redhawks basketball with Todd Bonacki adding commentary at home games and Ron Hines adding color during the road games.
REDHAWKS BASKETBALL WITH Scott Edgar: Edgar will have a weekly television show on WQWQ-TV, the Heartland's CW. The show will be seen at 11 p.m. each Monday night beginning on Nov. 26 and will be hosted by Heartland Sports Director Todd Richards. The show will also be shown on Charter Cable, Channel 11 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The show will also air on The Storm Team 24-hour Weather Channel at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
EDGAR ON RADIO: The Scott Edgar Radio Show will be heard every Tuesday, 6 p.m., on ESPN 1220 Radio. The hour long show that will include call ins, will be hosted by Erik Sean.
AT THE SHOW ME CENTER: Southeast has a record of 207-90 (.697) at the Show Me Center since the facility opened in 1987.
SID STREAK: Southeast SID Ron Hines has worked 793 consecutive basketball games. He has not missed a game since 1980.
NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: The Redhawks will play either North Carolina-Wilmington or Longwood on Saturday at either 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.