(Cape Girardeau, Mo.)- Southeast Missouri State never recovered from a 16-0 hole to start the game, losing at home to Illinois-Chicago 75-69 on Saturday night in front of 1,967 fans at the Show Me Center.
The loss snapped SEMO's five-game winning streak and dropped the Redhawks to 7-3 on the season.
Head coach Dickey Nutt called the game a "wake-up call for us." The Redhawks looked sluggish and out of rhythm in the first 10 minutes, not scoring until the 13:50 mark of the first half.
Jarekious Bradley led the Redhawks with 28 points and 9 rebounds, while Darrian Gray added 14 off the bench. Tyler Stone scored 10 but shot just 4-of-15 from the field, while Nino Johnson was held to just one point and one rebound in 24 minutes.
The Redhawks had entered the game shooting 51 percent from the field, tied for 8th in the country, but shot just 40 percent (24-of-60) against the Flames.