Basketball Game Notes Against Creighton
Dec. 24, 2002
Basketball Game Information
Southeast Missouri at Creighton Dec. 29, 2002, 2:00 p.m. Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Neb.
Probable Starters Southeast Missouri "Indians" (5-5) Ppg Rpg. F 24 Damarcus Hence, 6-6, Jr. 12.7 4.9 F 20 Tim Scheer, 6-7, Sr. 10.7 3.0 C 22 Brandon Griffin, 6-8, Jr. 12.7 10.3 G 33 Derek Winans, 6-2, So. 14.5 3.5 G 11 Demetrius King, 6-4, Sr. 7.5 3.4THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 5-5 overall after beating Southwest Missouri State 70-53 on Saturday, Dec. 21. The Indians have additional wins over Central Methodist, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Oakland City and Missouri-Kansas City. The losses have been to Arkansas State, Indiana State, Tulane, Southern Illinois and Arkansas-Little Rock. Creighton is 8-0 and ranked 18th nationally in both major polls. In the Sagarin Ratings, Creighton is ranked number one nationally.
THE COACHES: Gary Garner is 87-68 in his sixth season at Southeast and is 334-232 in his 20th season as a collegiate head coach. He is 9-6 vs. Creighton. Dana Altman is 155-95 in his ninth season at Creighton and is 238-162 in his 14th season as a collegiate head coach.
THE SERIES: First meeting.
Mash Unit: Injuries continue to pile up for the Indians. The latest to go down is sophomore point guard Kevin Roberts who suffered a foot and ankle injury when tackled from behind at Arkansas-Little Rock. He missed the SMS game and is doubtful for Creighton. Junior forward Reggie Golson remains sidelined with sore knees and sophomore guard Brett Hale suffered a back injury in the UMKC game and missed the UALR game. Hale saw limited minutes against SMS. Freshman post player Cole Grapperhaus is also bothered by a bad back that forced him to miss the SMS game.
Griffin Averages Double-Double: Junior college transfer Brandon Griffin, the OVC Newcomer of the Week for two weeks in a row, is averaging a double-double with 12.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He is the 28th leading rebounder in the nation. Griffin had 22 points and 11 rebounds against SIU and 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. 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 has four double-doubles this season.
Scheer Goes Over 400 Rebounds: Senior Tim Scheer has played in 76 games at Southeast and has 676 career points and 402 career rebounds. Scheer had a seasonal high eight rebounds vs. UMKC. He is the second leading active career rebounder in the OVC.
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. A 4.0 student, Winans is a two-time OVC Medal of Honor winner. This season, Winans leads the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game and assists with 4.6 per game. He had a double-double vs. SMS with career high 10 assists and 17 points.
Hence Has Career High: Junior Damarcus Hence scored a career high 25 points at UMKC. He led the Indians in the season opener at Arkansas State with 24 points and eight rebounds rebounds. He currently averages 12.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Hence is the second leading rebounder for the Indians.
Golson Debut A Success: Junior college transfer Reggie Golson 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. Golson, who has been recovering from minor knee surgery in September, has not played since that game and is doubtful for the Creighton game.
Crader in the Middle: Sophomore Adam Crader, 6-11, 250, has averaged 7.8-minutes per game with an average of 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting .538 from the field and 100% from the line.
King Provides Spark off Bench: Demetrius King has come off the bench to average 14.6 points per game over the the three games prior to the SMS game. As a starter against SMS he did not score. He scored 17 points and pull down five rebounds vs. SIU. He also had one assist, one block and one steal. King was 4-6 from the floor, 3-4 from three and 6-7 from the line. He came off the bench to hit key back-to-back second half 3-pointers in the win over UMKC. He had 10 points and six rebounds. At Arkansas-Little Rock, King led the Indians in scoring with 17 points. For the season, King averages 7.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Grapperhaus Contributes: True freshman Cole Grapperhaus scored a career high five points in the loss at Arkansas-Little Rock. He played seven minutes in the UMKC game, pulling down two rebounds with no turnovers. On the season, Grapperhaus has played in five games averaging 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.
Roster Addition The Indians have added an additional walk-on to the roster. Lawrence Graves, 6-2 guard from Poplar Bluff, will wear number 30. He is a senior who attended Mineral Area CC. 30 Lawrence Graves 6-2 180 Sr. Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Home for the Holidays: The Southeast players wre released after the SMS game and were be able to return home for the Christmas Holiday. The team will be back at the Show Me Center for two practices on Dec. 26 and 27 before leaving for Creighton on Dec. 28.
At the Show Me Center:Southeast is 173-60 (.743) in games at the Show Me Center.
SID Streak: Southeast SID Ron Hines has worked 644 consecutive basketball games at Southeast. The streak is the longest in Division I basketball. Hines has not missed a game since 1980.
Next Game: The next game will be the OVC opener against Eastern Illinois on Jan. 4 at the Show Me Center.