Winter Break Recap

Redshirt freshman DeeJuan Pruitt from Sacramento, California makes a shot as Murray state defenders rush to block him

Over winter break, SIUE’s Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Wrestling teams played numerous games despite many postponements and cancellations.

 

Men’s Basketball

12/19/2021

The Cougars won their third consecutive game, ending in a score of 84-29 against the William Woods Owls at First Community Arena. This 55-point difference is the largest since they moved to the Division I level. This was their second-to-last nonconference game.

 

Further, redshirt freshman guard Ray'Sean Taylor from Collinsville, Illinois scored a game-high of 21 points, making it his fifth 20-point game of his career. Redshirt junior guard Courtney Carter from Memphis, Tennessee scored a season-high of 15 points. Both redshirt junior center Elochukwu Eze from Enugu, Nigeria and freshman center Jonathan Kurtas from Mooresville, North Carolina scored career-high six points.

 

12/21/2021

The Cougars lost 84-69 against South Alabama at the Mitchell Center in their last nonconference game of the season.

 

Taylor scored 12 points, which puts him in double figures in all 13 games he’s played so far. Also, redshirt freshman DeeJuan Pruitt from Sacramento, California led with seven rebounds.

 

12/30/2021

The game against Belmont in Edwardsville was postponed.

 

01/01/2022

The game against UT Martin in Martin, Tennessee was postponed.

 

01/06/2022

The game against Austin Peay at Clarksville, Tennessee was postponed.

 

01/08/2022

The Cougars lost 74-69 to Murray State at First Community Arena.

 

Graduate guard Shaun Doss Jr. from Marion, Arkansas scored his 1000th career point. Taylor led the Cougars with a game-high of 24 points, which puts him in double figures in all 14 games he’s played so far. Also, Pruitt scored 12 points, which puts him in double figures for his fifth consecutive game.

 

Women’s Basketball

12/19/2021

The Cougars lost in a 66-57 at the First Community Arena in their second-to-last nonconference game.

 

Junior guard Mikayla Kinnard from Louisville, Kentucky led the Cougars with 15 points and redshirt senior guard Gabby Nikitinaite from Orpington, Kent, UK added 10 points to the game.

 

12/22/2021

The Cougars lost 74-71 in their last nonconference game of the season to Arkansas State at First Community Arena.

 

Both senior forward Prima Chellis from Phoenix, Arizona and junior guard Mikayla Kinnard from Louisville, Kentucky scored 17 points during the game.

 

12/30/2021

The Cougars lost their first Ohio Valley Conference match 87-49 to Belmont. 

 

Kinnard from Louisville, Kentucky led the Cougars with 14 points and Nikitinaite scored her 1,000th career collegiate point as well.

 

01/01/2022

The Cougars won 62-58 against UT Martin at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center thanks to a last minute free throw by graduate guard/forward Allie Troeckler from Bethalto, Illinois, scoring her 1,000th career point.

 

Also, Nikitinaite led the Cougars with nine rebounds.

 

01/06/2022

The game against Austin Peay at Clarksville, Tennessee was postponed.

 

01/08/2022

The game against Murray State in Edwardsville was postponed.

 

Wrestling

12/29/21

The wrestling match at Midlands Championships in Evanston, Illinois was canceled. However, the Cougars played two matches that day losing 34-3 against Virginia and 39-3 against Northwestern at Welsh Ryan Arena, which replaced the Midlands Championship games.

 

Redshirt junior Saul Ervin from Morganfield, Kentucky at 141 pounds improved to 10-3 for the season by winning 5-1 against Dylan Cedeno from Virginia and 3-1 against Frankie Tal Shahar from Northwestern in overtime.

 

12/30/21

The wrestling match at Midlands Championships in Evanston, Illinois was canceled again.

 

01/07/2022

The wrestling match at Clarion, Pennsylvania was postponed.

 

01/09/2022

The Cougars lost 24-15 to Cleveland State and 24-12 to Buffalo at a pair of Mid-American Conference matches.

 

Redshirt junior Saul Ervin from Morganfield, Kentucky at 141 pounds and senior Colton McKiernan from Richmond, Michigan both won double games for The Cougars.

 

Ervin won against Cleveland State's Hunter Olson 18-2 and Buffalo's Ben Freeman 2-1. McKiernan didn’t give a single point, winning 6-0 against Cleveland State's Daniel Bucknavich and 1-0 against Buffalo's Toby Cahill.

 

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