Sarah Gardner • Daily Egyptian
Junior guard Anthony Beane goes up for a dunk Saturday during “Homecoming Hoops” outside SIU Arena. The Salukis’ first home basketball game of the season is at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against the University of St. Mary.

Saluki basketball future better than present

SIU men’s basketball ended last season with a surprising run in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament that ended in heartbreak. This year’s team is looking to build on that success, though it will be missing a big piece. With the loss of Desmar ... Continue Reading →
Freshman guard Tyler Smithpeters is lifted by Jalen Pendleton and celebrates with his teammates Saturday after the men’s basketball team defeated Illinois State University 66-65 at SIU Arena. Smithpeters scored a three-point basket with nine seconds left on the clock putting the Salukis ahead by one, and securing the win. The Salukis claimed the sixth seed in the Missouri Valley Conference and will take on the University of Northern Iowa Friday at 8:35 p.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
SARAH GARDNER
DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki Weekend Wrap Up: Men’s Basketball

The Salukis delivered on Senior Day and claimed the sixth seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in front of a sold-out crowd at SIU Arena. SIU (13-19, 9-9) played Saturday in front of a full house for the first time since 2008 against the ... Continue Reading →

Undefeated Shockers short circuit Salukis

For 37 minutes, the Salukis made it a game but the Shockers put the Missouri Valley Conference on notice Tuesday and laid claim to the longest winning streak to open a season since the Memphis Tigers went 26-0 in 2007-2008. Wichita State University (26-0, ... Continue Reading →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson goes in for a layup
against Egidiju Mockevicius Saturday during the
Salukis 75-69 loss to the University of Evansville at
SIU Arena. Jackson put up 13 points during the game.
The Salukis will take on Northern Iowa at 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday at SIU Arena.
SARAH SCHNEIDER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Playing time must be earned, quickly

For the first time since December, it was a relatively quiet week away from the court for the SIU men’s basketball team. The Salukis were able to beat conference newcomer Loyola University on the road Wednesday, but could not stop D.J. Balentine and ... Continue Reading →
Freshman forward Sean O’Brien drives the ball against Western
Kentucky University junior forward George Fant Dec. 7 during
the Salukis’ 69-60 loss at SIU Arena. O’Brien has ranked second on
the team in average points per game with 13.5 since the start of
conference play. The Salukis travel to Loyola University Chicago
Wednesday to take on the Ramblers at 7:00 p.m.
CHRIS ZOELLER | For the DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis bigger stars off court than on

For the second time in less than a month, the SIU men’s basketball team found itself in the national spotlight and it had nothing to do with play on the court. The infamous rant after the Murray State University loss and now the team getting stuck on ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore guard Jalen Pendleton goes for a layup Saturday during the Salukis’
69-60 loss to Western Kentucky University at SIU Arena. Pendleton tallied seven
points and three rebounds during the loss, which marks the third straight for the
Salukis. SIU will travel to Murray State University Dec. 17 to take on the Racers.
CHRIS ZOELLER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Hilltoppers stand tall over Salukis

SIU held Western Kentucky University’s top scorer to only five points Saturday, but the Hilltoppers’ unlikely leading scorer led the team to victory. Hilltopper guard Brandon Harris averaged 4.8 points per game before Western Kentucky (5-3) came away ... Continue Reading →

Dawgs re-energized by fresh start

  Preparation for a rigorous and exhaustive basketball season is a difficult process. For a team to be successful amidst a coaching change makes the season even more challenging. Coach Barry Hinson took the reigns of the Saluki men’s basketball ... Continue Reading →

Salukis shock early in season

At 4-1, best start since 2006 After its first five games of the season, the 2012 SIU men’s basketball team has the third best winning percentage in the Missouri Valley Conference and is the 13th best shooting team in the nation. This is quite the surprising ... Continue Reading →

Early overcomes late start

Within five minutes of the opening tip-off against Lincoln University Oct. 27, senior guard Jeff Early hustled past everyone to dive for a loose ball and successfully kept it in bounds. Ironic, for a player who got cut from his middle school basketball ... Continue Reading →

Salukis squeeze past Upper Iowa for win

SIU managed to defeat Division II Upper Iowa University 73-62 in a Saturday game that was closer than the scoreboard indicated. The Saluki men shot a lower percentage than Upper Iowa from the field as they shot only 40 percent in the first half. Junior ... Continue Reading →

Men’s basketball formally introduces new staff, two recruits

The coaching carousel hit the Salukis and Illinois State when both men’s basketball head coaches left under different circumstances: Chris Lowery was fired March 28 and Tim Jankovich left April 26 to become the associate head coach at Southern Methodist ... Continue Reading →
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