Aces Return to Court Tomorrow, on the Road at Missouri State

First Game Since HC Walter McCarty was Placed on Administrative Leave

Aces Return to Court Tomorrow, on the Road at Missouri State

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Following a break for Christmas, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team looks to begin Missouri Valley Conference play on a high note, traveling to face preseason favorite Missouri State on Tuesday. Game time is 4 p.m. at JQH Arena with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network having full coverage.

Setting the Scene

- On December 21, Evansville wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule with an exciting 78-76 overtime win against Murray State

- The Aces finish the opening portion of their slate with a 9-4 record

- DeAndre Williams continues to rank in the top five nationally in shooting, standing third hitting 72.3% of his field goal attempts

- UE heads to JQH Arena, where the team picked up its first road win of the 2018-19 campaign, earning a 70-64 win over the Bears on Jan. 16, 2019

Last Time Out

- In a back-and-forth game that went down to the wire, Evansville was able to hang on for a 78-76 overtime win against Murray State on Dec. 21

- Artur Labinowicz had his top game at Evansville, totaling 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting; he also drained all four outside attempts

- With 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, DeAndre Williams was within sight of the third double-double in program history

- The Aces shot 50% for the game and led by as many as 17, but the Racers stormed back in the second half to take a late lead before Evansville finished off the win in the extra period

- A total of 7,316 fans were in attendance, the 6th-highest for a UE game at the Ford Center

On a Roll

- Artur Labinowicz had his best game of the season against Murray State, scoring 24 points

- He hit 9 out of 12 attempts and all four 3-point tries while eclipsing his previous season mark of 21 points versus IU Kokomo

- Labinowicz opened the season averaging five points per game through the first two contests

- Since then, he has found a nice rhythm, averaging 13.3 points per game, third-best on the team over that span; he has scored at least 9 points in nine of the last 11 games

Up-Tempo Sophomore

- Sophomore Shamar Givance continues to lead the Missouri Valley Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio with a tally of 4.0

- He has 28 assists against just 7 turnovers in his 258 minutes on the floor

- In the triple overtime thriller against Morgan State, he set his career scoring mark with 15 points while going a perfect 2-2 from outside and 4-7 from the field

- Givance was one of the Aces’ most productive players in the opener versus Ball State and finished with five points; three of those came on a triple at the buzzer to finish the first half

Scouting the Opponent

- Preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Missouri State enters the conference opener with a 6-7 mark after dropping their final two non-conference games at VCU and Oral Roberts

- Leading the Bears is Keandre Cook, who has tallied 15.5 points per game; he leads the Bears with 26 3-pointers

- Gaige Prim is second on the team with 13.6 PPG and has connected on 52.3% of his attempts while Tulio Da Silva checks in with 10.5 points and a team-high 7.8 caroms per contest

- MSU outrebounds the competition by 6.8 per game, a tally that is second in the MVC and in the top 50 nationally

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