firstname.lastname@example.org Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball teams' 84-74 loss to regional rival Wayne State was a tough one to swallow for the Cougars. Giving up an eight-point lead at halftime will make any loss tough to choke down. But the Cougars, 1-1, have a quick chance to get back on track tonight when they face Robert Morris at 7:30 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center. SIUE is a perfect 4-0 overall against the Eagles. For SIUE coach Lennox Forrester, the game plan for tonight's game against Robert Morris College is simple. "They are a team that likes to shoot the three and spread the floor," he said. "We need to guard the ball and take away the 3-pointers." Against Wayne State, the Cougars were led offensively by T.J. Gray and John Edmison. Gray scored 20 points while Edmison chipped in 17. Leonard Parker added 10 assists. SIUE has started the season with one of the top offenses in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Cougars are second only to Southern Indiana in scoring at 82.0 points per game. Southern Indiana scored 87 in its first contest of the season. The Cougars also lead the GLVC in offensive rebounds per game (20.0) and steals per game (13.5). Parker, a 5-foot-9-inch senior, currently holds the top spot in the GLVC in assists per game at eight per contest. Gray's nine 3-pointers also is a GLVC-best. After Tuesday's matchup, SIUE is idle until next Thursday when it opens GLVC play at the Vadalabene Center against Bellarmine. Game time is 7:30 p.m. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL After winning the Central Missouri Classic, the SIUE women's basketball team heads to Big Rapids, Mich., to participate in the GLIAC\/GLVC Challenge. SIUE is coming off of a perfect 2-0 weekend trip that saw the Cougars pick up wins against Central Missouri and Harris-Stowe State. Up first for the Cougars in the GLIAC\/GLVC Challenge is the host Ferris State Bulldogs. The Friday night game is scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m. Ferris State leads the all-time series 5-2. On Saturday, the Cougars square off against the Lake Superior State. Start time for this game is scheduled for 3 p.m. This will be the second meeting between these two teams. Lake Superior won the only other meeting between the two teams in 2005. SIUE led off the season with a pair of double-digit victories. In the Central Missouri game, Amber Shelton led all scorers with 19 points. Elyse Morris cleaned up on the boards with nine. Both players were later named to the All-Tournament team. In the Harris-Stowe game, Shelton and Whitney Sykes shared the scoring duties. Each player scored 19 points. WRESTLING Nicholas Shumate led the SIUE wrestling team this past weekend as the Cougars traveled to Columbia, Mo., to participate in the Mizzou Open. Unlike the UCM open where the Cougars were unable to place any wrestlers, SIUE had three wrestlers place in the freshman\/sophomore division, with another falling just one round away from placing. Shumate had the highest placing with his fifth-place performance at 141 pounds. Freshman Neil Lopez placed sixth at 133 pounds, and freshman Brian Brooks took sixth place at heavyweight. Eric Pretto had a strong showing; he missed placing by one round at 157 pounds. Although coach Patrick McNamara was happy with the improvement over the previous week's performance, he refuses to be satisfied. "We definitely made some progress from last week, but we still have some work to do, adjustments to make, and technique to work on," said McNamara. The Cougars are now idle until next Friday when they play host to Rend Lake. The dual is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.