Southeast Missouri opens the season at Loyola-Marymount Friday. Here’s a look at some of the important numbers:
100Southeast Missouri averaged 100 points in their two exhibition games, hitting 50.3% of their field goal attempts against the two lower-division teams. Even more impressive — of their 200 points scored, only 39 came from three-point shots.
22.0The Redhawks forced an average of 22 turnovers in their exhibition games, including 26 against Missouri Baptist. SEMO ranked last in the OVC in turnovers forced last year, so this is a positive sign for the defense — which has slowly improves statistically over the past four years.
55.9%If there’s a weakness in the offense — it’s free-throw’s. Southeast Missouri was just 33-59 from the charity stripe in their two exhibition games. This is somewhat of an issue last year as well: SEMO ranked 7th in the league in free-throw shooting, shooting under 70%.
15.5Loyola-Marymount guard Evan Payne averaged 15.5 points a game…as a freshman last season. Payne of one of two freshman who averaged double-digits, along with 6’7 forward Gabe Levin — although Levin has transferred twice since the end of last year, and is currently at Long Beach State. For now…
0The number of minutes Evan Payne played in Loyola-Marymount’s narrow exhibition win. Is he injured? Was he suspended? Not a clue. Couldn’t find a thing about it. But I can say with complete confidence his name shows up no where on the stat sheet.