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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