Basketball Notes Versus Eastern Illinois
Dec. 30, 2002
Basketball Game Information
Eastern Illinois at Southeast Missouri Jan. 4, 2003, 7:30 p.m. Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Probable Starters Southeast Missouri "Indians" (5-6) Ppg Rpg. F 24 Damarcus Hence, 6-6, Jr. 12.6 4.7 F 20 Tim Scheer, 6-7, Sr. 11.6 3.2 C 22 Brandon Griffin, 6-8, Jr. 12.4 10.5 G 33 Derek Winans, 6-2, So. 14.4 3.4 G 03 Brett Hale, 6-3, So. 9.3 3.1
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 5-6 overall after losing at 18th ranked Creighton, 93-70, on Sunday. The Indians have 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, Arkansas-Little Rock and Creighton. Eastern Illinois is 3-7 prior to a Monday night home game against Eastern Illinois. Saturday night's game will be the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.
THE COACHES: Gary Garner is 87-69 in his sixth season at Southeast and is 334-233 in his 20th season as a collegiate head coach. Rick Samuels is 331-315 in his 23rd season at Eastern Illinois.
THE SERIES: Southeast Missouri leads the series 13-10.
LAST SEASON: The teams split two games with the Panthers coming back from an 18-point second half deficit to defeat the Indians 84-74 at Charleston while Southeast got 32 points from Derek Winans in a 102-87 win at the Show Me Center.
Mash Unit Shows Improvement: The injury report looks better after a few days off for the holidays. Sophomore point guard Kevin Roberts who suffered a foot and ankle injury at Arkansas-Little Rock, missed the SMS game but played 26-minutes against Creighton. Sophomore guard Brett Hale suffered a back injury in the UMKC game and missed the UALR game but played against both SMS and Creighton. Freshman post player Cole Grapperhaus is also bothered by a bad back that forced him to miss the SMS and Creighton games, but he will be available for the Eastern Illinois game. Junior forward Reggie Golson remains doubtful with sore knees.
Griffin Averages Double-Double: Junior college transfer Brandon Griffin, a two-time OVC Newcomer of the Week, is averaging a double-double with 12.4 points and 10.5 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. Against 18th ranked Creighton, Griffin had 9 points, 9 assists and 13 rebounds.
Scheer Goes Over 400 Rebounds, Nears 700 Points: Senior Tim Scheer has played in 76 games at Southeast and has 696 career points and 406 career rebounds. 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. A 4.0 student, Winans is a two-time OVC Medal of Honor winner. This season, Winans leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game and assists with 4.5 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 12.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Hence is the second leading rebounder for the Indians.
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.
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 may seek a medical redshirt this season.
Crader in the Middle: Sophomore Adam Crader, 6-11, 250, has averaged 7.8-minutes per game with an average of 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting .500 from the field and 100% from the line.
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.
Home for the Holidays: The Southeast players were released after the SMS game and were be able to return home for the Christmas Holiday. The team was back at the Show Me Center for two practices on Dec. 26 and 27 before leaving for Creighton on Dec. 28.
OVC Honors: Dec. 3 - Brandon Griffin, Newcomer of the Week Dec. 10 - Brandon Griffin, Newcomer of the Week
At the Show Me Center: Southeast is 173-60 (.743) in games at the Show Me Center. Gary Garner Radio Show: Gary Garner has a live radio show on KGIR, 1220 AM, each Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Show Me's Restaurant in Cape Girardeau. Erik Sean is host for the hour long show.
SID Streak: Southeast SID Ron Hines has worked 645 consecutive basketball games at Southeast. The streak is the longest in Division I basketball. Hines has not missed a game since 1980.
Next Game: Southeast will go on the road for a pair of OVC contests, playing at Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night and at Morehead State on Saturday night. Both games will begin at 6:30 p.m. (CST).