Texas State (2-5) vs. Southeast Missouri State (5-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 1, 5 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center -- Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico. Television: None. Home Record: Texas State 0-2, SEMO 2-0.
Away Record: Texas State 0-3, SEMO 1-2. Neutral Record: Texas State 2-0, SEMO
2-0. Conference Record: Texas State 0-0, SEMO 0-0. Series Record: First-ever
GAME NOTES: The Texas State Bobcats and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
tangle on the final day of the Cure UCD Classic at the Puerto Vallarta
International Convention Center.
The Redhawks have been perhaps the most impressive team during the three-day
event with wins in their first two games. The recent success has been an
extension of their season, as the Redhawks have won three straight overall and
are 5-2 on the year.
Texas State came into this event without a win. Now the Bobcats are looking to
extend their winning streak to three games after topping Tulane (70-52) and
Northern Kentucky (70-61) in the first two rounds.
These two teams are meeting for the first time ever.
SEMO erupted for 102 points in its win over Tulane on Saturday. The Redhawks
had six players reach double figures, led by 23 points from Jarekious Bradley,
all while shooting 59.3 percent from the floor, which included a 16-of-32
effort from beyond the arc.
Big offensive showings have become the norm for the Redhawks, who have scored
more than 100 points in three games, and are averaging 90.1 points per game on
better than 50.7 percent shooting from the floor. All that firepower has led
to quite the advantage (+18.9) on the scoreboard. Normally, Tyler Stone (20.2
ppg, 10.4 rpg) is the leader of the offense but he took on more of a
complementary role against Tulane with 14 points. Bradley (18.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
is also prone to large offensive outbursts, as he illustrated against the
Green Wave. The Redhawks are also getting double-figure scoring from Darrian
Gray (11.9 ppg), Antonius Cleveland (11.7 ppg) and Nino Johnson (10.2 ppg).
Texas State fired on all cylinders in the first half and then coasted to
victory over the final 20 minutes against Northern Kentucky on Saturday. The
Bobcats hit 60 percent of their field goal tries in the opening half,
including a 7-of-10 showing from beyond the arc, to claim a 42-23 lead at the
break that they would never relinquish.
It has not been a usual occurrence for Texas State to have any real offensive
success, whether in an entire game or just a single half. The Bobcats are only
scoring 59.8 points per tilt and connecting on 42.8 of their field goal
attempts. Joel Wright (15.5 ppg) has been the only consistent double-digit
scoring threat. However, against Northern Kentucky, Wright was not all that
productive as he finished with only 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting due in part
to being in foul trouble. The Bobcats have no other players averaging double
figures, although Emani Gant (8.8 ppg) and Wesley Davis (9.4 ppg) have each
shown flashes of offensive ability.
Even if Texas State is able to carry over some of its offensive success from
Saturday, it still wouldn't be enough to take down the high-flying Redhawks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southeast Missouri State 87, Texas State 68
12/01 10:35:06 ET
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