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Coming off a tough road swing, SIUE needed to show their fans they could close out second half leads and turn them into victory. While they did earn 55-49 win at home over Texas Pan-American, it was far from the convincing blow it could have been. The Cougars once again gave up a double-digit second half lead, this time 16 points with 13:57 to play, and needed shots late to hold on at home.

A long second-half slump led to a 14-0 run by the Broncs, but it wasn’t SIUE’s first slump of the game. The Cougars also happened in the first 12 minutes, where SIUE managed a paltry five points. And their response to both situations was exactly the same: throw it up from deep. Or, at least try.

The Cougars shot 6-22 from deep in the 55-49 win over the Broncs, but if you take out Rozell Nunn’s 4-4 night, the rest of the team combined to hit just 2 of 18 from three-point range. On numerous occasions, SIUE passed up shots in the paint for an open man on the perimeter. It’s a great strategy when they’re falling, but when they weren’t, SIUE never made an adjustment. They kept giving up likely two-pointers for possible three’s, assuming the law of averages would at some point take over.

To make matters worse, the referees were calling a tight game, which SIUE was unable to take advantage of with outside jumpers. SIUE isn’t a bad three point shooting team, hitting 33.8% entering the night, but to win consistently you must be able to vary your offense.

On the plus side, the Cougars much maligned defense had a much more solid night, holding UTPA to 35% shooting from the field, and forcing 15 turnovers in the win.

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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24