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“So Long, Farewell”: Athletes leaving men’s basketball program speak on their decisions to transfer

Junior guard Aaron Cook, right, holds on junior guard Brenden Gooch as the team celebrates on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, after the Salukis' 70-62 win against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers at SIU arena.

By Tamar Mosby and Brooke Buerck

April 20, 2020

After a 16-16 (10-8 MVC) finish to their 2019-2020 season under first year head coach Bryan Mullins, the Saluki men’s basketball team will have more than a handful of new faces when they return next winter. Along with senior guard Eric McGill and graduate students Barret Benson and Ronnie Suggs Jr. exhausting their NCAA eligibility this past season, five members of the team have announced their decisions to transfer schools following the end of the season. These surprising transfer announcements are the most SIU has seen since March of 2015, when five Saluki players requested transfers from Head Coach Barry Hinson.

SIU says yes to offering extended eligibility following NCAA’s decision

SIU says yes to offering extended eligibility following NCAA’s decision

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

April 5, 2020

Southern Illinois University department of athletics has decided to offer its spring sport student-athletes, including seniors, one additional year of eligibility to compete following the NCAA Division I Council’s announcement on March 30.

MVC suspends all competition until March 30

The Missouri Valley Conference, Hoops in the Heartland woman's basketball tournament, has been cancelled at the Moline TaxSlayer Center due to Covid-19 concerns on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

March 12, 2020

The Missouri Valley Conference is suspending all conference competition, including the MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament this weekend, in an effort to contain the coronavirus according to an announcement Thursday afternoon. 

Saluki WBB falls to Valpo on Senior Day

Southern Illinois Salukis guard Makenzie Silvey and Valparaiso Crusaders guard/forward Grace Hales fight for a loose ball on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, during the Southern Illinois Salukis' 87-65 win over the Valparaiso Crusaders at SIU Arena.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

March 7, 2020

Up until the fourth quarter, neither Southern Illinois nor Valparaiso held more than a four point lead, but within the last 10 minutes the Crusaders made a final push to seal the game. Valpo used a buzzer-beater 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter and a 23-14 run in the fourth to take the 69-58 win over the Salukis for their last home game of the season.

Arch Sadness: Salukis fall in heart-breaker to Bradley

Ronnie Suggs Jr. (left) shows support for Lance Jones (right) against Bradley as the  Salukis would go onto lose 59-64 to Bradley on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO.

By Tamar Mosby, Sports Editor

March 6, 2020

A three-point conversion play from Bradley was the dagger that ended SIU’s 2019-2020 season. The Salukis held a commanding lead over the Braves coming out of the halftime break, but the offensive efforts from the Peoria team in the final minutes of the game proved to be detrimental to Southern allowing Bradey to steal the lead and take the win, 64-59.

Salukis defeat Loyola with a 17 point win

Southern Illinois Saluki number 12 guard, Makenzie Silvey, goes for a basket during the Sunday afternoon game against the Evansville Purple Aces. The game ended 99 to 60 with SIU taking the win on February 23, 2020 at the SIU Banterra Center.

By Janae Mosby, Sports Reporter

March 5, 2020

The Salukis ended their two game losing streak this evening with a win against Loyola University. Southern Illinois (16-12 MVC 8-9) took the lead in the first half and Loyola (15-13 MVC 6-11) could close the gap.

Thus ends the regular season: MSU swipes final Valley win from Southern

Salukis guard Eric McGill takes on a Sycamore guard during SIU’s Senior Night. SIU would go on to loss to Indiana State 77-68 on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at the Banterra Center.  Jared Treece @bisalo

By Tamar Mosby, Sports Editor

February 29, 2020

Regular season play for the SIU Men’s Basketball Team ended this afternoon with a 84-59 loss to Missouri State University. The Bears took the lead early in the first half and held it for the remainder of the game extending it to a margin as large as 30 points. This evening’s matchup was Southern’s third-straight conference loss and the Salukis now sit in the fifth place position in the MVC.

Bradley burns SIU with free throws in final seconds of play

Guard Kristen Nelson flies down the floor in a game against Bradley, SIU takes the win 60-54.

By Tamar Mosby, Sports Editor

February 27, 2020

A three-point jumper from senior guard Kristen Nelson in the final 30 seconds of play appeared to have rescued Southern Illinois from another heartbreaking loss to Bradley University this evening, but foul trouble in the remaining time allowed the Braves to run away with a 61-57 win over the Salukis. Junior guard Makenzie Silvey was SIU’s top scorer with 16 points. She was followed closely by Nelson and junior forward Abby Brockmeyer, who each tallied 12 points.

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