Cougars seek first win over Tennessee State

News-DemocratFebruary 18, 2014 

— The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars hope to make sweet music in their final road game of the year.

SIUE (11-16, 7-6) hits the road to Nashville, Tenn., to take on the Tennessee State Tigers (3-24, 2-11). The Ohio Valley Conference game has a 7 p.m. tipoff.

The game will be broadcast on WSIE-FM ( 88.7) with Joe Pott on the play by play.

The game marks just the fifth meeting between the two schools, and only the third since since the Cougars joined the OVC. SIUE has never defeated Tennessee State.

SIUE is enjoying a solid season. The Cougars have now won five of their last seven games and seven of their last 10.

The Cougars' 11 overall wins and seven OVC wins are program highs at the NCAA Division I level.

Tennessee State is in the midst of a three-game losing streak. The Tigers have OVC wins at home over Jacksonville State and on the road at Tennessee Tech.

Senior Patrick Miller leads the OVC in scoring with 23.2 points per game. Junior M.J. Rhett is the rebounding leader at 9.3 rebounds per game.

SIUE enters the game coming off a good win. Seven players scored at least eight points and all nine SIUE players scored at least a point as Cougar men's basketball came away with a convincing 83-68 road win over Austin Peay at the Dunn Center.

Rozell Nunn and Donivine Stewart each scored 17 points in the win. The Cougars combined to shoot 57.1 percent (28-49) from the field, while holding Austin Peay to just 41.2 percent (21-51). The Governors came into the game third in the OVC with a .489 shooting percentage.

Stewart is leading the Cougars in scoring with 12.2 points a game.

Stewart earned OVC co-Newcomer of the Week honors last week after averaging 17.5 points and 9.5 assists a game in wins over Southeast Missouri and UT Martin. He leads the team with 120 assists which is the most for an SIUE player in the Division I era. Stewart's assist-to-turnover ratio (2.31) is second in the OVC and 65th nationally.

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