Aces set for trip to Carbondale on Thursday

UE has won four of the last six road games against SIU

Aces set for trip to Carbondale on Thursday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) -Following the weekend trip to Des Moines, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team remains on the road for a Thursday evening contest at Southern Illinois with tip set for 7 p.m. ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network have the broadcast.

Setting the Scene

- With the regular season winding down, the Aces trek to Carbondale for their second-to-last road game

- The newly renamed Banterra Center has been kind to the Purple Aces with UE winning four of the last six games

- Entering the 2014 meeting, Evansville dropped 12 road games in a row at SIU before reeling off four in a row between 2014 and 2017

- Despite falling in its last two visits to the facility, the Aces have played well, losing by just 3.5 points per game

- UE hopes to end a 14-game losing streak, which is tied for the longest in its time at the Division I level (2009-10); the largest winless stretch in program history was a 15-game span in 1928-29

Last Time Out

- Two UE player set the career scoring marks on Sunday in an 85-80 loss at Drake inside the Knapp Center

- Sam Cunliffe and Evan Kuhlman each registered their top offensive games with the program

- Cunliffe scored 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting while Kuhlman hit five triples on his way to 17 points

- The Aces led by as many as nine tallies in the first half, but a 15-0 run in the final minute of the first half through the opening four minutes of the second half changed the complexion of the contest

- Evansville knocked down 13 3-pointers in the game, but Drake countered with 32 free throw makes in 42 trips to the line

Just Six Away

- Senior K.J. Riley enters Thursday’s game with 994 points in his UE career

- He is 6 points away from becoming the 50th player in program history to score 1,000 in his career

Stepping Up

- In his biggest performance of the season, Sam Cunliffe scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds in the contest at Drake

- Cunliffe passed both his UE scoring mark (21 pts) and career high (23) with the effort

- He converted nine field goals, also a high

- Over the last seven games, Cunliffe leads the squad with 6.0 rebounds per game; he recorded 3.3/game in the first 20 games

- Aside from that number, he has played 33 minutes per game and has recorded 15.0 points; he has seen the floor for at least 26 minutes in each of those contests and set his career mark with 38 versus Loyola

- He has shot 40% or higher in nine of the last 14 games with his most efficient effort coming at Indiana State where he was 5-of-7 from the field

Putting up the Numbers

- Junior Evan Kuhlman joined Sam Cunliffe in posting his career scoring mark against the Bulldogs with 17 points

- He drained six of his 12 attempts overall and was 5-of-9 from outside

- His last six games have seen him post 10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks

- Kuhlman’s low scoring game in the stretch was a 5-point showing against SIU, but he picked his game up in every other way, totaling seven blocks, six rebounds, four steals and three assists

Scouting the Opponent

- Southern Illinois enters Thursday’s game with a 15-12 mark and stand at 9-5 in MVC play

- The Salukis have dropped their last two games following a 7-game win streak; last time out, they fell by a 69-67 final against Bradley

- Marcus Domask continues to pace the Salukis with 14.6 points per game while playing 35.2 minutes

- Domask scored 22 points and had 9 rebounds in the first meeting against UE

- Eric McGill stands with 11.1 points while Barret Benson has 10.8 points and a team-best 5.7 caroms per game

- Benson led everyone with 10 boards in the contest at the Ford Center

Courtesy: UE Athletics

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