OVC Ball Statbox
|1-3 (0-0 OVC)|
|3-0 (0-0 Big Sky)|
|33/61 (54.1%)||Field Goals||30/60 (50.0%)|
|8/20 (40.0%)||3-Point FG||7/14 (50.0%)|
|13/21 (61.9%)||Free Throws||23/30 (76.7%)|
|31 (12/19)||Rebounds (O/D)||33 (13/20)|
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Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Portland State offense
Seniors Kris Davis and Keaton Jackson combined for 41 points Monday, but Portland State outlasted SIUE men’s basketball 90-87 at the Stott Center.
“This was a tough one for our guys,” SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said. “Tonight we came close, but close doesn’t cut it. We have to figure out ways to continue to improve as a basketball team and try to win the next one.”
The game went to overtime tied 82-82. Portland State took a four-point (88-84) lead after a free throw from Tiegbe Bamba with 29 seconds left in the overtime period. Donivine Stewart drove to the basket, scored and drew a foul. Stewart missed the free throw, but was fouled on the rebound. Stewart hit one of two free throws to pull the Cougars within one at 88-87. Tim Douglas was fouled on the ensuing possession for PSU and connected on both free throws for the final margin.
In a true back-and-forth game, the game featured eight lead changes and the score was tied eight times.
SIUE used a 14-2 run midway through the first half to swing the game from a five-point Portland State lead to (16-12) to a five-point SIUE lead (21-18). The Cougars built their lead to as much as nine points when Jake Newton hit a three-pointer with 8:33 left to make it 34-25 SIUE.
Portland State worked its way back and led 51-44 when Michael Messer hit a fall-away baseline jumper as time expired in the half to make it 51-46.
The Vikings held the lead through the first 11-plus minutes in the second period. A three-pointer by Davis with 11:24 to play in the second half gave SIUE its first lead of the half at 71-69. From that point neither team held more than a two-point lead.
Bryce White gave PSU a 79-77 lead with a layup with 4:03 left. A Stewart three-pointer put the Cougars back on top 80-79. DaShaun Wiggins hit one of two free throws to tie the score 80-80. A dunk by Jackson made it 82-80 Cougars with 2:02 left. PSU tied the game with a layup by Braxton Tucker with nine seconds to play. SIUE called a timeout with six seconds remaining. Jackson followed a missed shot with a tip-in at the buzzer, but his shot was disallowed sending the game into overtime.
“We’re growing as a team,” Forrester said. “Our guys did a better job staying on the page that we wanted to. We have to get to where we are doing the right things for 40 minutes.
To grow as a basketball team you always have to learn,” Forrester continued. “You have to learn from your mistakes and learn from your success.”
Both teams shot the ball well. The Cougars were 33-61 from the field, shooting a season-high 54.1 percent. Portland State was 30-60 (.500) from the field and 7-14 (.500) from three-point range.
Davis tied his career high with 25 points coming on 9-of-13 shooting. He was 3-6 from three-point range and hit all four free throw attempts. He added a team-high six rebounds.
“I challenged him to be better,” Forrester said. “He plays more minutes than anyone our team. He has to be able to step up to the plate when the lights are on. He did a tremendous job stepping up to the plate tonight. He did a great job getting to the basket.”
Jackson scored 16 points. He was 8 for 9 from the field. He also added six rebounds.
“He was a force inside,” Forrester said of Jackson. “We tried to get the ball to him down the stretch. We’re going to need that from him every night. He played with some aggressiveness both offensively and defensively for us.”
Wiggins led five Vikings in double figures with a career-high 32 points. He was 12 for 18 from the field. Douglas scored 17 points. He was 3-3 from three-point range.
SIUE fell to 1-3 and has lost three in a row. Portland State improved to 3-0 with the win.
SIUE does not return to game action until December 3 when SIU Carbondale comes to Vadalabene Center for a 7 p.m. game.