Forwards lead Southeast Missouri
Energy coupled with skill can be a dangerous amalgamation. Saturday night in the Bootheel of Missouri, an energetic Southeast Missouri (3-3) toppled Alabama A&M (1-4), 85-51.
The whole town of Cape Girardeau got in the game, but leading the way were Aaron Adeoye and Jarekious Bradley.
“Aaron started us off great,” said Nino Johnson. “Energy was great.”
Adeoye even got out on the run. After Nino blocked a 7-footer, Adeoye sprinted up the center of the court. AAMU showed terrible defensive transition and Adeoye capitalized. He got to dribble a couple times. In an awkward usage of the jump dribble he fed Cleveland in stride for a foul-drawing layup.
“All you have to do is run harder than the defense,” said Adeoye.
The senior, Adeoye finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Adeoye is a spirited 6’7” power forward. He gets after every missed shot and helps his team track down loose balls.
“I just try to play hard and have energy,” said Adeoye. “That is one thing you can control. Hopefully that spreads out to the rest of the team.”
Consummate glue guy, Adeoye is a WKU transfer who clearly found a welcoming situation in The Cape.
Coach Dickey Nutt has started the transfer five of the team’s six games. Minutes are high and in turn Adeoye is leading the squad in rebounding with 6.67 per.
“For the life of me I want to see one time this year that somebody on this team plays as hard as Aaron,” said Coach Nutt. “He goes to another level and that is only one speed and that is full. The perfect exclamation was that tip dunk at the end of the half. That is just Aaron.”
Honestly the contest lacked any semblance of flow. Combined the two teams committed 56 fouls. Fourteen Redhawks played. Southeast Missouri truly pulled away late in the opening frame. The second half was a blowout.
The visiting Terriers shot a pathetic 31.3% from the floor, 8.3% from three point land, and 48.8% from free throw line. During Nutt’s tenure with Southeast Missouri only one opponent has been held to a lower field goal percentage. They were not a D1 foe like Alabama A&M.
Alabama A&M might be the weakest opponent for awhile.
Southeast Missouri has a challenging December docket. Their will host Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Illinois, and Missouri State. The road games are more daunting though like when Southeast Missouri floats over to Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Missouri. Missouri is primed to drop a handful of home contests in this Mizzou transition year. The squad is unsteady and Mizzou’s coach is slowly implanting a complete different accountability in Colombia.