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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • S&T men's basketball hosts Southeastern Oklahoma State Wednesday

  • Non-conference Division II test for Miners at Bullman Building.
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  • After opening the season with a victory over NCAA Division III competition, the Missouri S&T men's basketball team is going to get a Division II non-conference test tonight at home.
    The Miners will host Southeastern Oklahoma State tonight. Tip-off at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building is set for 7 p.m.
    It's the middle contest of a three-game homestand to open the campaign for S&T. The Miners will host Robert Morris-Springfield (Ill.) – an NAIA program – at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
    S&T opened the season last Friday by belting Westminster College 103-83.
    However, the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm figure to pose a larger challenge.
    The Savage Storm is coming off a 15-12 finish in 2012-13, during which they finished 11-9 in Great American Conference action.
    Southeastern Oklahoma State, from Durant, Okla., has a much different look this season, as all five starters were lost to graduation.
    The Savage Storm have reloaded with seven newcomers, including several college transfers.
    Southeastern Okla. St. opened by beating Science and Arts of Oklahoma 64-56 last Saturday. In that game the Savage Storm shot 59.5 percent from the field and outrebounded its opponent 36-28.
    Taylor Smaller, a 5-9 junior guard from Vermillion Community College, is one of the new players who led the Savage Storm in scoring Saturday with 17 points.
    Urald King, a 6-6 senior froward who is a holdover but played just one game for the squad last season due to injury, had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks on Saturday. Off the bench 6-2 freshman guard Anton Cook contributed 13 points while 6-8 junior forward Darius Harris, another transfer from South Plains Junior College, grabbed 10 boards.
    Another key newcomer on the Southeastern Oklahoma State roster is 6-2 senior guard John Balwigaire, a transfer from Wright State.
    The Miners are hoping for a balanced scoring attack similar to the one they got on Friday, when 6-4 senior guard Bryce Foster had 28 points, 6-1 senior guard Mudi Eruteya had 19 points and eight rebounds; 5-10 senior guard Nusrath Khan 18 points, six assists and eight steals, and 6-0 sophomore guard Zach Ellis 15 points and four steals.

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