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RECAP: Southeast Missouri State comes back to down Tennessee State in overtime, 78-75

Freshman Denzel Mahoney scored a game-high 34 points on Wednesday, but it was another freshman who came up big in the closing seconds of Southeast Missouri State's 78-75 win over Tennessee State in the OVC Tournament. (Source: SE Missouri State Basketball)
Freshman Denzel Mahoney scored a career-high 34 points on Wednesday, but it was another freshman who came up big in the closing seconds of Southeast Missouri State’s 78-75 win over Tennessee State in the OVC Tournament. (Source: SE Missouri State Basketball)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tahj Eaddy may only be a freshman, but he showed on Wednesday night that he is poised beyond his years.

In the Music City, the Ohio Valley Conference tournament opened up with a match-up featuring the Tennessee State Tigers and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

Despite both teams boasting a high-profile senior guard, in Tahjere McCall for the Tigers and Antonius Cleveland for the Redhawks, two freshmen stole the show in the end. The veterans played a big role in the outcome, but ultimately it came to one big shot from a first-year player to give his team the win.

Tennessee State led by as many as 14 points early in the second half, but a 17-5 run brought the Redhawks back into the game, and they would keep the momentum going the rest of the way. Continue reading RECAP: Southeast Missouri State comes back to down Tennessee State in overtime, 78-75

RECAP: Cleveland, Mahoney lead Southeast Missouri State past SIU-Edwardsville, 71-67

Freshman guard Denzel Mahoney (above) and senior Antonius Cleveland (top) combine for 37 points to lead the Redhawks past the Cougars, 71-67.
Freshman guard Denzel Mahoney (above) and senior Antonius Cleveland (top) combine for 37 points to lead the Redhawks past the Cougars, 71-67.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Coming into Thursday night, conference play hasn’t been too kind to the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars.

The Cougars came into their game with the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks riding an 11-game losing streak overall. They had lost 17 of their last 18 games, with their only win during that span coming against the Missouri S&T Miners back on December 28th.

In their previous meeting this season, the Redhawks edged the Cougars by three, 79-76.

This time around, the Cougars were hoping for a different result, while the Redhawks were looking to move into a tie for first place in the West Division of the Ohio Valley Conference.

At 6-5 in conference play, Southeast Missouri State came into Thursday night just a half-game behind the division-leading UT-Martin Skyhawks. Thanks to big performances from two of their stars, the Redhawks were able to keep pace atop the division.

Behind 19 points from Antonius Cleveland and 18 points from freshman Denzel Mahoney, the Redhawks pulled away from the Cougars midway through the second half and scored the 71-67 victory over SIU-Edwardsville. Continue reading RECAP: Cleveland, Mahoney lead Southeast Missouri State past SIU-Edwardsville, 71-67

RECAP: Cleveland’s perfect shooting night leads Southeast Missouri State past Tennessee Tech

Antonius Cleveland finished a perfect 9-of-9 from the field on Tuesday, and Southeast Missouri State won their third straight home game with an 83-78 victory over Tennessee Tech. (Source: OVC Ball)
Antonius Cleveland finished a perfect 9-of-9 from the field on Tuesday, and Southeast Missouri State won their third straight home game with an 83-78 victory over Tennessee Tech. (Source: OVC Ball)

In today’s basketball, it’s more common to see forwards put together a perfect shooting night than it is a guard.

On Tuesday night, Antonius Cleveland chalked one up for guards everywhere.

Before the season started, we tabbed Cleveland as one of the top senior guards to keep an eye on this year, and Tuesday night was a perfect example of why. Against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, Cleveland and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks were going for their third straight win on their home court, and were looking to hand the Eagles their first conference loss of the season.

What looked like a commanding lead at the time, the Redhawks took a 46-34 lead into the break after the first half. The Golden Eagles launched a comeback in the second half, and made a game of it.

In the end, Southeast Missouri State would weather the storm. Cleveland finished the game shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor, scoring a game-high 24 points to lead the Redhawks to the 83-78 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Cleveland’s perfect shooting night leads Southeast Missouri State past Tennessee Tech