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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 meeting.
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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