Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Redhawks men's basketball team defeats NAIA Mid-Continent

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team rebounded after Monday night's loss to Ball State with a 109-64 routing of NAIA Mid-Continent on Nov. 22 at the Show Me Center.

"We take every opponent with utmost urgency and respect," Caoch Dicky Nutt said. "Tonight we were more focused on fixing mistakes from Monday night's game and I think our guys did that tonight."

The Redhawks improved their record to 3-2 after Friday night's win, while the Cougars fell to 0-7.

Senior forward Tyler Stone led the Redhawks in points and rebounds. Stone recorded his first double double of the season scoring a season-high 24 points and 17 rebounds.

"We really played as a team tonight," Stone said. "Everybody did their jobs, and it worked out for us in the end."

Junior Jarekious Bradley added 21 points to the Redhawks scoring slate, while freshman Darrian Gray had 14 points.

Senior point guard Lucas Nutt helped his teammates find scoring opportunities all night. Nutt finished the night with a season-high 10 assists, while the Redhawks as a team finished with 24.

In the first three minutes of the game, the Redhawks took an 11-0 lead and would not look back.

At halftime, the Redhawks were in full control leading the Cougars 56-29.

"We did a lot of good things in the first half," Nutt said. "We played very unselfish. I wanted that to continue and told our guys not to relax too much on defense for the next 20 minutes."

The Redhawks paid attention to their coach's comments at halftime, continuing their scoring onslaught throughout the rest of the game and not letting up on defense.

Nutt and Bradley connected for an alley-oop dunk with seven minutes to play in the game, creating the biggest highlight shot of the night.

With 2:47 to play, Junior Caleb Woods hit two free throws to give the Redhawks 100 points and a 45-point lead. The lead was the biggest of the night and a season-high for the Redhawks.