Saluki Weekend Wrap Up: Men’s Basketball

Saluki Weekend Wrap Up: Mens Basketball

By Tyler Dixon

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 Illinois State University Redbirds (16-14, 9-9) in a 66-65 win. The last sellout in SIU Arena was also against the Redbirds.

Freshman Tyler Smithpeters hit a 3-pointer with 9.1 seconds left to put the Dawgs ahead.


Sophomore Anthony Beane led all scorers with 21 points. Senior Desmar Jackson scored at least 10 points in every game this season and finished off his career in SIU Arena with 18 points.

The Salukis play their first game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament against the University of Northern Iowa at 8:35 p.m. Friday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.