OVC Ball Statbox
|1-0 (0-0 OVC)|
|19/63 (30.2%)||Field Goals||36/74 (48.6%)|
|3/13 (23.1%)||3-Point FG||12/26 (46.2%)|
|15/32 (46.9%)||Free Throws||20/26 (76.9%)|
|40 (17/23)||Rebounds (O/D)||54 (18/36)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
|Points:||Lloyd (13)||Stewart (20)|
|Rebounds:||Vukovic (5)||Stewart (8)|
|Assists:||Seven Tied With 1||Stewart (10)|
|Steals:||Lloyd (3)||Three Tied With 2|
Donivine Stewart finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double as SIUE rolled past visiting Harris-Stowe 104-56. The junior point guard collected a game-high 20 points and finished with 10 assists. It was the third 20-point game of his career and the most assists since dishing out 11 last season against Southeast Missouri.
“We need him to be aggressive,” said SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester. “We need him to be a scorer for us. He did a good job as far as taking some good shots. He also spread the wealth as far as assists too. We need that from Donivine for us to have any type of success this year.”
Four players scored in double figures overall. Kris Davis and Michael Messer each scored 17 points. Maurice Wiltz added 10.
“It was good for our guys,” said Forrester. “We talked about going from the exhibition game to tonight, and I thought we made some improvements.”
Friday’s win was SIUE’s first victory in a home opener since Harris-Stowe visited the Vadalabene Center during the 2007-08 season. It also was the most points scored by an SIUE team since the Cougars reeled off 118 against Oakland City in the 2008-09 season.
Harris-Stowe, led by 13 points from Jacob Lloyd off the bench, held an early 6-2 lead two minutes into the game.
Stewart scored his first basket of the game with 17:31 to play in the first half. Messer put the Cougars ahead for good with a three-pointer at the 17:03 mark. The Cougars would go on to build a 17-point lead by halftime when Stewart hit a three-pointer with six seconds left in the half.
The lead only grew stronger for SIUE, which used a 20-1 run late in the second half to outdistance the Hornets.
SIUE’s rebounding also was a difference-maker. The Cougars held a 33-16 edge in the second half and 54-40 overall.
“I thought our guys went to get the basketball better in the second half,” Forrester said. “I thought Keaton Jackson did a great job in the second half going to get some rebounds for us so we can get out and go.”
SIUE’s defense swarmed Harris-Stowe with 10 blocks, including four from Michael Chandler and three from Jackson.
Forrester said his bench also provided some quality minutes.
“Jake Newton shot the ball really well,” said Forrester. “He made some solid plays. Keenan came in and gave us some ‘energy buckets.’ Grant did a tremendous job. I thought our bench came in and did a really good job.”
SIUE, 1-0, returns to the Vadalabene Center Monday for a 7 p.m. contest against IPFW.
“We have a very short turnaround, but we’ve been practicing now for a while and it’s going to take more mental preparation than it takes physically,” Forrester said. “We need to get our guys rested and ready for a great game on Monday.”