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Ledarrius Brewer leads the Redhawks to victory over Eastern Illinois

Friday, February 16, 2018
Freshman guard Ledarrius Brewer drives to the hoop against the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Feb. 15 in the Show Me Center.
Photo by Joshua Dodge

The Redhawks improved to 7-8 in Ohio Valley Conference play with an 80-73 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night.

Freshman guard Ledarrius Brewer scored a career-high 34 points to lead Southeast to its third straight victory. His seven made 3-pointers, on 10 attempts, were the most by any Redhawks in a game this season. Southeast shot 13 of 22 (59 percent) behind the arc on the night.

It was a story of two halves, as the Redhawks ran out to an early lead, being ahead by as many as 21 points in the first half. After shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half, the Redhawks cooled off to 37.5 percent in the second.

The teamís typical leading scorer, sophomore guard Denzel Mahoney, scored only one point in the second half, going 0-6 from the field. A 14-point run by EIU to open the second half made it a one-point game.

Later in the half, a 3-pointer by guard Montell Goodwin with 3:28 left in the game brought the Panthers within four points of the lead. That would start a drought of over three minutes for the Panthers which they would not make a field goal, allowing Southeast to pull away and close out the victory.

This game continued a trend in which the Redhawks have been outscored in the second half of games. Southeast, 13-15 overall, has been outscored in the second half of each of their past three home games, losing each of the previous two, against Murray State and Austin Peay.

The Redhawks will host SIUE (9-17, 5-10) at 4:15 p.m., Saturday in conference action, as Southeast will try to extend their three-game winning streak.