The matchup between the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was an OVC game that unfolded in a thrilling manner. Southern Indiana, struggling with four losses in their last five games, faced SEMO, which had lost two of their last three games.
The game resulted in a captivating 93-91 overtime win for SEMO, providing an edge-of-the-seat experience for the fans at the Show Me Center. Southern Indiana, with a season record of 3-10, faced a challenging journey, having suffered an 81-50 defeat to Southern Illinois in their recent outing. Key player Jeremiah Hernandez continued to lead the team with an average of 12.5 points per game.
On the other side, SEMO, with a season record of 4-8, entered the game after a 85-64 loss to Illinois State. Adam Larson, contributing an average of 10.8 points per game, played a vital role for the Redhawks.
The overtime period was particularly intense, with both teams fiercely competing for the win. Rob Martin emerged as the hero for the Redhawks, scoring a career-high 29 points and making the game-winning jumper with just 1.1 seconds left on the clock.
Notably, Southeast Missouri State's victory marked a significant moment for the team, securing their first OVC opening win since the 2016-17 campaign. The Redhawks, under the coaching of Brad Korn, put an end to a streak of six-straight losses in OVC opening games.
In terms of statistics, SE Missouri State displayed efficiency, shooting 66.7% in the decisive overtime period and 45.7% for the entire game. They also outrebounded the Screaming Eagles, 39-36, and forced 19 turnovers.
Jeremiah Hernandez's outstanding performance, finishing with a game-high 35 points, was a standout for Southern Indiana. However, it was Rob Martin's composure and game-winning shot that sealed the victory for SE Missouri State.
You can catch more OVC action as the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks look forward to their next challenge against OVC preseason favorite Morehead State on New Year's Eve 12/31.