Basketball Opens OVC Play at Tennessee-Martin
Dec. 1, 2005
BASKETBALL GAME INFORMATION
Southeast Missouri State at Tennessee-Martin
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005
6:00 p.m., Skyhawk Arena, Martin, Tenn.
The Teams: Southeast Missouri is 2-2 with wins over Truman State and South Dakota State and losses to IPFW and Nebraska. Tennessee-Martin is 1-1 with a road loss at Louisville and a home win over Webster. The Skyhawks will host Arkansas State on Thursday, Dec. 1.
The Coaches: Gary Garner has an overall record of 368-279 in his 23rd year as a collegiate head coach with a record of 121-114 in his ninth season at Southeast.
Bret Campbell is 66-104 in his seventh season with the Skyhawks.
The Series: Southeast leads the series 36-18 and has won two straight.
Last Season: The Redhawks won 75-68 at Martin and 72-52 at the Show Me Center.
Booker Named OVC Player of the Week: Senior Roy Booker has been named the OVC Player of the Week after scoring 60 points in three games last week. He had is first career double-double at Nebraska with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
After sitting out last season after transferring from Montana, Booker is off to a fast start for the Redhawks. He is averaging 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
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. For the game, Booker had 17 points including 6-14 from the field 2-3 from three and 3-3 from the line.
Johnson Adds Spark: Junior college transfer David Johnson suffered a sprained thumb in practice and was not expected to play in the Truman State game, but when the Redhawks fell behind early, Johnson came off the bench to hit 3-5 from three. He also was 2-2 from the line for a total of 11 points to go along with two blocks, one steal and one rebound.
Johnson missed the IPFW game with a head injury sustained in practice. He was in the starting lineup at South Dakota State and led the Redhawks with 16 points and seven rebounds but has a medical condition that limited his playing time at Nebraska and makes him questionable for the UT-Martin 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 is averaging 10.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game after four games this season. He is shooting .529 (9-17) from three.
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 is averaging 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game after four games.
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.
Jones Doubtful: Freshman Eric Jones played for the first time in the IPFW game and contributed two points, five rebounds and two blocks. He missed the South Dakota State game with a finger injury and played limited minutes vs. Nebraska. He is probable for the UT-Marting ame.
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 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 Ron Hines has worked 731 consecutive games, the longest streak in NCAA Division I. Hines hasn't missed a game since 1980.
Next For The Redhawks: Following Saturday's game at UT-Martin, Southeast will return to the Show Me Center for OVC games with Tennessee State on Dec. 8 and Tennessee Tech on Dec. 10.