SIUE Cougars (14-7, 5-3 OVC)
at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (9-12, 5-3 OVC)
Thursday, January 26, 6 p.m.
Hooper Eblen Center (9280), Cookeville, TN
LAST TIME OUT
Southern Indiana avenged an earlier loss to SIUE, knocking out the Cougars 82-72 on Saturday at First Community Arena. SIUE suffered their second straight loss for the first time since December.
USI opened the game on an 8-0 run and never trailed in the contest. The Screaming Eagles took a double-digit lead after a three-pointer from Isaiah Swope at 14:25 to lead 16-5. Southern Indiana hit eight three-pointers in the first half and led 38-22 at the break. USI held the double-digit advantage for most of the second half until a late push from the Cougars. The Eagles had a 19-point (61-42) lead with 6:45 remaining, but SIUE cut the lead to six (67-61) after a three-point shot from Shamar Wright with 2:16 remaining.
SIUE is playing its 12th season in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Cougars are 63-132 in the OVC. Brian Baron is 22-41 in his fourth season in the league.
With 14 wins, SIUE has won the most matches at Division I level.
SIUE tied the school record for blocks with 11 against Illinois Tech. The Cougars lead the OVC in blocks at 4.4 per game, which ranks them 54th in the NCAA. Five Cougars appear in the top 15 individually in the OVC.
DO IT FOR FREE
SIUE leads the OVC in free throw percentage at .741. The Cougars lead the league in free throws made per game at 17.0, which ranks 14th in the NCAA and attempts at 23.0, which is 20th nationally. SIUE has played seven games this year with at least 30 free throw attempts. The Cougars attempted 41 free throws on Jan. 5 against Tennessee State, which was the most in a single game since 2018.
MAJOR RECORD FOR THE MINOR
With his first free throw at Eastern Illinois, Damarco Minor set a new OVC record with 47 consecutive free throws made. The previous record was set by Morehead State’s Glen Napier in 1981-82. Minor missed his next attempt, before starting a new streak. He is connected on his last three attempts. He is third nationally in free throw percentage at 94.4.