Smithpeters rejoins Salukis

Men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson confirmed in press release that Tyler Smithpeters, a sophomore guard from Harrisburg, is back with the team and will practice. Smithpeters said he was back from his suspension yesterday. But it was only until ... Continue Reading →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson goes up for a slam dunk Nov. 2 at SIU Arena. Jackson earned runner-up Defensive Player
of the Year for the Missouri Valley Conference and was
named to the All-MVC Second Team.
SARAH GARDNER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

The madness of March is back in the MVC

The best time of the year for a basketball fan is finally upon us: March Madness. After almost four months of Saluki basketball, it is time for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. SIU did not start the season off the best way, but being 7-3 in ... Continue Reading →
Coach Hinson addresses the media today at SIU Arena. Starting guard Marcus Fillyaw will not see the court for four to six weeks as a result of a broken bone in his left hand.  "Injuries are a thing you deal with in college basketball,” Hinson said.  Remy Abrought | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki point guard out 4 to 6 weeks

SIU men’s basketball has suffered a blow, as they will lose starting guard Marcus Fillyaw for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. According to Salukis Athletics, Fillyaw injured his hand in the 71-67 win over Loyola University Wednesday. Fillyaw ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore guard Jalen Pendleton celebrates after being fouled
on a layup for a potential three-point play Saturday at the SIU
Arena. Midway through the second half, coach Barry Hinson sought
Pendleton to help the team. “When we hit the wall, I looked at my
staff and said we need a spark plug, and both assistants said put
Jalen in,” Hinson said at the post-game press conference. Pendleton
had 14 points in the Salukis 76-67 loss to St. Louis University.
SARAH SCHNEIDER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis will surprise people this season

              Despite an 0-2 start, the Salukis showed us they are a team to be taken seriously this season. In its two losses, SIU has posted strong first halves but could not continue that good play into the second ... Continue Reading →
Senior Bronson Verhines makes a jumper with five
minutes left in the second half to bring the Salukis (0-2)
within three points of the St. Louis University Billikens
(3-0) Saturday. In the next play, senior Desmar Jackson
scored a layup off a rebound to put the Salukis within
one point, the closest they would be for the remainder
of the game. The men’s basketball team lost the home
opener 67-76 to a packed SIU arena with 5,640 fans in
attendance.
SARAH SCHNEIDER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

SIU falls despite big first half in home opener

  Earlier in the season, coach Barry Hinson compared sophomore guard Marcus Fillyaw to vanilla ice cream, saying he will control the game and only run the offense, but not much else. Fillyaw did not get the memo Saturday night. After a strong first-half ... Continue Reading →
Freshman forward Sean O’Brien makes a layup Saturday
during the men’s exhibition victory over William Jewell
College at SIU Arena. O’Brien totaled 13 points during the
game, including the Salukis’ first three-pointer of the season.
The SIU men’s basketball team will take on the University of
Missouri Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. in Columbia, Mo.
SARAH GARDNER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Exhibition games help learning curve

  Cedar Falls has not been kind to the Salukis the past few decades, but after this weekend SIU volleyball picked up its first win at the University of Northern Iowa since 1985. It was another successful road trip for SIU. After knocking off then ... Continue Reading →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson prepares for a dunk Saturday during the Salukis’ 71-66 exhibition win over the University of Missouri— St. Louis at SIU Arena. Jackson led SIU with 29 points and shot 13-of-16 from the free-throw line. SIU will host William Jewell College for an exhibition game at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at SIU Arena.
CHRIS ZOELLER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis sink Tritons in exhibition game

Two players combined for 50 points, but 3-point shooting was still an issue in the first exhibition game of the Salukis’ season. Fans got their first look at a revamped roster that featured only five players from last season’s team. The team was ... Continue Reading →
Annie Snow, 6, left, Angelynn Snow, 8, second from left, and men’s basketball coach Barry
Hinson, right, talk to Brown Dawg Thursday during Fan Fest at SIU Arena. Dan Snow, of Herrin brought his four daughters and son to the event, which featured an official introduction of this year’s players, and family-friendly activities for Saluki fans of all ages. Snow is the owner of Snow Power Gym in Herrin, where the SIU cheerleaders practice tumbling. “My daughters wanted to meet the cheerleaders, and my son wanted to meet the basketball players, Snow said.
SARAH GARDNER| DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis share the stage with faithful fans

Close to 300 Saluki fans of all ages flooded the court Thursday for the second-annual Fan Fest at SIU Arena. Those in attendance were able to stand on the court and play with their favorite Saluki players. Each player was at a station and the fans could ... Continue Reading →
Head coach Barry Hinson, left, and senior forward Davante Drinkard
demonstrate a drill Tuesday during the men’s Media Day practice at SIU Arena.
Hinson said during a press conference that he was pleased with the team’s
preseason performance. “You want to coach to perfection, and we are nowhere
close to where we want to be,” he said. “At the same time, I like that there are a
few things we can introduce here. I think the transition for a lot of the players
has been easier and smoother this year.”
CHRIS ZOELLER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis start season with new mindset

  The Salukis’ roster for the upcoming season will not only feature new players but also new attitudes that Head Coach Barry Hinson has instilled in his team. After a 14-17 finish overall and a 5-12 conference record last season, the Salukis added ... Continue Reading →

Salukis beat buzzers, Bulldogs

The men’s basketball team downed Fresno State 57-54 Wednesday night in the game’s final seconds. Junior guard Desmar Jackson played his best Saluki game yet as he led the team with 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jackson hit 3-pointers at ... Continue Reading →

Hinson rallies freshman class

Men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson is used to rallying his players, but Tuesday he had an opportunity to fire up the freshman class. Hinson talked about everything from basketball to politics in a speech at SIU Arena entitled, “Leadership and taking ... Continue Reading →

Salukis prepare for Fresno battle

The men’s basketball team tips off its first home regular season game tonight against Fresno State at the SIU Arena. The Salukis are 3-1 as they head into the contest, and they are ranked 19th nationwide in shooting percentage. The team has already ... Continue Reading →

Salukis improve off-court

  Despite a rough 2012 season start with suspensions and injuries, coach Barry Hinson has the Salukis at 3-1 and off to their best start since 2006. The increased performance on the court is, in part, because of the heightened level of accountability ... Continue Reading →

Hoop in sight

Freshman guard Anthony Beane Jr. dribbles the ball before dunking it Saturday during the SIU men’s basketball game against Benedictine University – Springfield at SIU Arena. Beane, shooting 8 of 9 from the field, had a total of 16 points, four rebounds ... Continue Reading →

Father-son duo bring family bond to basketball

Freshman guard Anthony Beane Jr. decided to follow his father from Illinois State University to SIU and join a team that is focused on becoming a family. Coach Barry Hinson said because players and coaches spend so much time together, a family environment ... Continue Reading →
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