Basketball Game Notes Versus SIU
Dec. 6, 2002
Basketball Game Information
Southern Illinois at Southeast Missouri Dec. 7, 2002, 7 p.m. Show Me Center
Probable Starters Southeast Missouri "Indians" (3-3) Ppg Rpg. F 24 Damarcus Hence, 6-6, Jr. 11.7 5.3 F 20 Tim Scheer, 6-7, Sr. 13.0 2.6 C 22 Brandon Griffin, 6-8, Jr. 12.8 10.5 G 33 Derek Winans, 6-2, So. 15.2 3.3 G 03 Brett Hale, 6-3, So. 11.0 3.8
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 3-3 overall after beating Oakland City 88-66 on Wednesday night. The Indians finished 1-2 in the University Hoops Classic last weekend in New Orleans. Southeast opened the tournament with an 89-75 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee but lost to Indiana State 68-55 and Tulane, 81-60. The Indians opened the season with a 83-71 loss at Arkansas State and had a home opening 82-63 win over Central Methodist.
After destroying preseason OVC favorite Murray State 85-56 on Tuesday night, SIU is 3-0. The Salukis, who have played all their games at the SIU Arena, also have wins over George Mason and Colorado State. THE COACHES: Gary Garner is 85-66 in his sixth season at Southeast and is 332-230 in his 20th season as a collegiate head coach. Bruce Weber is 82-47 in his fifth season at SIU.
THE SERIES: Southern Illinois leads the series 63-45 and has won nine of the last ten games in the series. SIU won last season 92-80. Southeast's last win was 87-84 in 2000.
Griffin is OVC Newcomer of Week: Junior college transfer Brandon Griffin, this week's OVC Newcomer of the Week, was the leading rebounder in the University Hoops Classic and was named to the all-tournament team. He had 33 rebounds in the three tournament games. On the season, he is averaging 10.5 rebounds per game to go along with 12.8 points per game. Griffin had 14 points and four rebounds against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 17 points and 11 rebounds against Indiana State and 14 points and eight rebounds vs. Tulane. Griffin had eight rebounds at Arkansas State despite playing only 26 minutes because of foul trouble. He also contributed six points on 3-6 shooting. Griffin had 19 points and eight rebounds vs. Central Methodist
Scheer Has Big Tourney: Senior Tim Scheer battled back from an injury to have an impressive three games in New Orleans. In the three tournament games, he averaged 18.3 points per game. He missed the Arkansas State game and the final exhibition game with a strained right calf muscle, but saw limited playing time against Central Methodist. Scheer has played in 72 games at Southeast and has 645 career points and 388 career rebounds.
Winans Selected 2nd Team Preseason All-OVC: Derek Winans, last season's OVC Freshman of the Year, was named second team preseason All-OVC in voting by coaches and sports information directors. Winans led the Indians in scoring (14.9 ppg), 3-pointers (53), steals (45), assists (80), minutes played (34.8) and was third in free throw percentage (.797) and rebounding (4.6). With 402 points scored, Winans ranks as the top freshman scorer at Southeast since William "Bud" Eley scored 465 points during the 1995-96 season. Winans was the Indians' rebounding leader in OVC games with an average of 5.3 per game. In OVC statistics, Winans was ranked in nine different statistical categories. A 4.0 student, Winans is a two-time OVC Medal of Honor winner. Winans, the Southern Illinoisan high school Player of the Year in 2000, opened the New Orleans tournament with 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was held to two points, four rebounds and seven assists vs. Indiana State and had 16 points, five assists and one rebound vs. Tulane. On the season, Winans leads the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game and assists with 4.3 per game.
Hale is Solid: Sophomore Brett Hale had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the New Orlenas tournament opening win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He had eight points, three rebounds and two assists vs. Indiana State and eight points and three rebounds vs. Tulane. Hale had 12 points and six rebounds in the season opener. He also had two assists, one block and one steal. Against Central Methodist he had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists to average 13 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. For the season, Hale averages 11.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Hence Responds: Junior Damarcus Hence was 6-9 from the field and 1-2 from three in the win over Oakland City to end a brief shooting slump. He led the Indians in the season opener at Arkansas State with a career-high 24 points and eight rebounds. Hence was 8-12 from the field, 2-5 from three and 6-8 from the line. Against Central Methodist, Hence had 10 points and eight rebounds. He currently averages 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Hence is the second leading rebounder for the Indians.
Golson Debut A Success: Junior college transfer Reggie Golson, who has been recovering from minor knee surgery, saw his first playing time in the win over Oakland City. He scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds in just 14-minutes playing time. Golson was 5-9 from the field.
Roberts at the Point: Sophomore Kevin Roberts started the first two games at point guard. He averages 2.2 points, three assists and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Crader in the Middle: Sophomore Adam Crader, 6-11, 250, has averaged 9.2-minutes per game with an average of 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He is shooting .636 from the field and 100% from the line.
Grapperhaus Debuts: True freshman Cole Grapperhaus played seven minutes in the season opener with two points and two blocks. He did not score in seven minutes played vs. Central Methodist. Grapperhaus has three blocks in three games played.
OVC Honors: Dec. 3 - Brandon Griffin, Newcomer of the Week
At the Show Me Center: Southeast is 172-59 (.744) in games at the Show Me Center.
Next Game: Southeast will go on the road to play at UMKC in Kansas City on Dec. 14 and at Arkansas- Little Rock on Dec. 17. The Indians will host Southwest Missouri State on Saturday, Dec. 21.