Benton, Stewart join SIUE men's basketball

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EDWARDSVILLESIUE men's basketball coach Jon Harris has announced the addition of Justin Benton (Memphis, Tennessee) and Kevion Stewart (Cordova, Tennessee). Both student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2016-17 seaso

"We are excited to welcome Kevion and Justin, they will be great additions to our program," Harris said.

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Benton, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 170-pound guard, averaged 15 points and five assists per game as a junior at Houston High School outside of Memphis, Tennessee. He connected on 52 percent of his shots from the field, while knocking down 83 percent of his free throw attempts.

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"Justin brings size and athleticism to our backcourt," Harris said. "He's shifty with the ball in his hands, and he finds great balance between scoring and facilitating for teammates."

Stewart, a 6-3, 175-pound guard, averaged 7.8 points and three rebounds per game as a junior at Cordova High School. He also averaged 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

"Kevion has the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways," Harris added.  "He understands the game, and does a great job moving without the ball."

SIUE is 1-0 this season after defeating Arkansas State, 79-70, in the season opener Friday. The Cougars will play host to Saint Louis Wednesday in a 7 p.m. game at Vadalabene Center.

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