SIU Edwardsville (6-9) at Murray State (13-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 8:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: CFSB Center (8,602) -- Murray, Kentucky.
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: SIUE 5-2, Murray St. 5-2. Away Record:
SIUE 1-7, Murray St. 6-1. Neutral Record: SIUE 0-0, Murray St. 2-1. Conference
Record: SIUE 2-3, Murray St. 4-1. Series Record: Murray State leads, 9-1.
GAME NOTES: Trying to extend their respective winning streaks to three games,
the SIU Edwardsville Cougars and the Murray State Racers will meet at the CFSB
Center in Ohio Valley Conference action on Saturday night.
After starting its OVC schedule 0-3, SIUE has bounced back of late with a home
win over Tennessee Tech on Jan. 12 (58-54) and a 66-53 triumph at Austin Peay
on Thursday. The Cougars' season as a whole has still been largely a struggle
at 6-9, which includes just a 1-7 mark on the road.
Murray State has dismissed Austin Peay (71-68) and Eastern Illinois (70-49) in
its last two contests, and it has won four of five since opening up its league
schedule on Jan. 3, which situates it in soul possession of first place in the
OVC West. The Racers' recent winning stretch has improved its overall record
to a stellar 13-4.
Murray State defeated SIUE on the road last season, 82-65, giving it a 9-1
advantage in the all-time series.
SIUE had a stellar outing in all phases of the game in its latest bout with
Austin Peay by shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the
foul line. It also won the rebounding battle (39-28) and held its opponent
below 39 percent shooting. Jerome Jones shined in the triumph, scoring 22
points on 9-of-18 from the field, while Kris Davis and Michael Messer tallied
10 points apiece. Unfortunately for the Cougars, positive performances at the
offensive end of the court have been few and far between this season, as it
ranks 11th in the OVC in scoring just 62.4 ppg. A large chuck of those points
come from Jones (15.6 ppg), the conference's seventh-ranked scorer who has
knocked down 35 3-pointers at a 43.2 percent clip. Davis chips in 10.3 ppg,
while Messer adds 10.1 ppg thanks in part to the league's second-best free
throw percentage (.879).
The Racers too were fantastic on Thursday night, shooting 52.2 percent from
the field (including 11-of-25 from 3-point range) while holding EIU to 41.3
percent efficiency on their way to the 21-point victory. Eleven different
Murray State players scored in the win, paced by 17 points and six assists by
Isaiah Canaan. Dexter Fields netted 12 points on 4-of-9 from 3-point range,
while Ed Daniel narrowly miss a double-double with 10 points and nine
rebounds. On the season, Murray State scores the second-most points per game
in the OVC (74.1 ppg) by ranking in the upper-half of the conference in its
percentages from the field (.465), beyond the arc (.366), and the foul line
(.685). Canaan is a consistent scoring threat, as his 21.6 ppg is tops in the
league and eighth-most in the nation, and his 57 3-pointers are 12th-most in
the country. Daniel has been a double-double machine with 14.8 ppg and 10.7
rpg, while Stacy Wilson chips in 13.3 ppg. Fields (7.6 ppg) and Brandon
Garrett (5.8 ppg) round out a group that has started all 17 games together.
SIUE has been playing much better of late, but it will likely be overmatched
in this one, going on the road against one of the OVC's best teams.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Murray State 75, SIU Edwardsville 59
01/19 10:35:07 ET
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