Salukis loses heartbreaker to regional rival

By Tony McDaniel

It seemed SIU basketball would be coming home from Cape Girardeau, Mo., with its fifth straight win, but Southeast Missouri had different plans.

SIU (5-4) lost on a buzzer beater Wednesday night against SEMO (5-4), 55-54.

With less than a second left to play, SIU held a 54-53 lead over the Redhawks. SEMO senior guard Jarekious Bradley received the in-bound pass from freshman guard Isiah Jones and nailed a jump shot from the corner while falling out of bounds to send the Salukis home with a loss.

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The buzzer beater was the only field goal the Redhawks scored in the final 6:45 of the game.

Bradley finished the game with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. SEMO had 3 players finish with at least 10 points. SIU had just one player with double-digit points.

Junior Anthony Beane led the Salukis. It looked as if Beane’s final two baskets would be enough to keep the Salukis on top until Bradley’s last-second shot.

Beane finished with 22 points and played all 40 minutes.He only shot 36 percent from the field; Wednesday was the first game in which the guard scored 20 or more points that the Salukis could not clinch the victory.

Freshman forward Jordan Caroline had 6 points and 11 rebounds.

As a team, the Salukis shot 35 percent from the field, 33 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free-throw line. SEMO shot 42 percent, 39 percent and 61 percent in those categories respectively.

Between both teams, only 2 points were scored via fast breaks, an area SIU coach Barry Hinson said had to improve before the game.

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SEMO turned the ball over 10 times while SIU turned it over nine times. The Redhawks had 14 assists and the Salukis had 10.

SIU led 33 to 29 at halftime.

The Salukis led by as many as 13 points early in the first half, but SEMO forced SIU to take bad shots to turn the tide.

SIU’s poor shooting was its downfall. The Salukis made just eight out of their final 25 shots.

The Salukis play at 3:05 p.m. Sunday at SIU Arena against the Chicago State Cougars. The Cougars won their first game ever against SIU last season, 88-84.

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