So much for that momentum from the weekend, eh?
Southeast Missouri 83, Ball State 87
Jarekious Bradley leads the way with 26 points, Tyler Stone adds 24, but a big night on the boards for the Cardinals and key three-point shooting prove too much to overcome for the Redhawks who fall on the road. Majok Majok and Franko House combine for 23 rebounds off the bench for Ball State, who pulled down 15 offensive rebounds in the win.
Lipscomb 75, Tennessee State 70
The Bisons hit their free throws down the stretch, and shoot 37-50 from the game at the charity stripe, as they hold off a Tennessee State team still looking for their first win. The Tigers are able to hang in the game despite just shooting 34% from the field. TSU forces 21 Lipscomb turnovers in the loss. Patrick Muller puts up 28 points, shooting 8-20 from the field.
Three Point Shot
- With the loss, the Tigers are off to their worst start since 1999, a year they finished 7-22. It was also Frankie Allen‘s last year as head coach. They started 0-8 that year, before getting a win against Radford. With three road games next on the schedule, TSU could match or exceed that dubious start. Travis Williams isn’t likely on the hot seat, though.
- Through five games, Patrick Miller has already taken 100 shots from the field. That puts him on pace for 640 attempts. Last season, he and Robert Covington combined for 651. It just goes to show the point we’ve been making all season about this team.
- Southeast Missouri has too many good forwards and not enough production in the backcourt? Say it’s not so! Oh wait, that’s been almost every year in Cape Girardeau. Lucas Nutt can get assists, but defenses are just going to collapse on your talented forwards if you don’t have a perimeter threat. That didn’t effect their scoring much tonight, but it will.
Player of the Night in a Loss: Jarekious Bradley, SEMO. His breakout year continues, with a fantastic individual performance, 26 points and 9 rebounds. Does Nino Johnson earn his starting role back before the end of the year? Those are words I never thought I’d type.
Unsung Hero: Jay Harris, Tennessee State. Miller did get some help in the loss, as Harris scored 12 points off the bench. What’s even more impressive is how the 5’10 guard pulled down eight rebounds. Size doesn’t always matter when it comes to rebounding.
Teams Trending Upwards: West Division contenders. Southeast Missouri has great talent, but they just don’t seem like a complete team right now. They still have time to figure it out, but might need to make some small changes to do so.
Team Trending Downwards: No one, really. TSU can’t fall much further, and the Redhawks weren’t bad, just got beat on the road.