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MBB-D2: Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm (15-8) at Henderson State Reddies (11-13)

Henderson State will hope to continue this winning streak into Thursday’s home game against Southeastern Oklahoma State. Yesterday, Henderson State defeated Ouachita Baptist for the third time in a row. Reddies Report Henderson fell behind by three with 2:58 remaining in the second half of Tuesday’s matchup against the Tigers. However, Malik Riddle scored six straight points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:28 remaining in regulation, to lift HSU over its archrival, 62-59. Tip-off from inside the Duke Wells Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Tomislav Miholjcic scored his fifth double-double of the season.

Alvin Miles has scored 11 or more points in five consecutive games and has provided at least five assists in four of the last five games. Miles’ performance at the free-throw line over the past month has been even more impressive. The native of Memphis, Tennessee, has now made 31 consecutive free throws, with his last miss coming on Jan. 14 against Southwestern Oklahoma State. He went 4-for-4 at the charity stripe against Ouachita Baptist.

With his 120 victories against the Tigers on Tuesday, head coach Jimmy Elgas tied Rand Chappell for second place in program history. If he wins on Thursday, he would be second only to Don Dyer, who won 316 games from 1963 to 1978 on Henderson’s basketball court.

With a record of 8-10, Henderson St. and Ouachita Baptist are currently tied for seventh in conference play and one game behind fifth in the GAC standings. Henderson owns the tiebreaker against all of the teams HSU will be competing against for those final two spots, so the Reddies have a lot riding on it. Additionally, two of the red and gray’s final four opponents are currently playing at or below.500 in league play.

In the previous meeting between HSU and Southeastern Oklahoma State, which took place in Arkadelphia, the Reddies prevailed 84-73 because they shot 52.3% (34-45) from the field. In fact, Henderson has only lost to the Savage Storm once inside the Duke Wells Center during Elgas’ eight years as the program’s head coach, on February 28, 2019.

SCOUTING SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE Southeastern Oklahoma State has lost two of their last three games, all at home, after a six-game winning streak that included a victory over Henderson State. The most recent matchup saw SE fall 69-63 to East Central, whose Savage Storm made just three three-pointers on 23 attempts.

With a victory over the Reddies on Thursday, Southeastern, which is 12-6 in conference play, will secure a spot in the upcoming GAC Tournament. Prior to this season, the Savage Storm participated in five postseason conference tournaments in a row. The last time SE was absent from the end-of-year tournament was in 2016-17.

With an average of 85.3 points per game, Southeastern is still the conference’s top scoring offense by a whopping eight points, ranking 15th in NCAA Division II. SE’s GAC-leading 10.5 made three-pointers per game, which also ranks 15th in DII, contribute significantly to those points. The Savage Storm are 10-3 in 23 games when they have made nine or more three-pointers. They are 5-5 when they make less. HSU allows opponents to score 8.6 triples per game on the year.

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