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SIU gets past MO State with a buzzer-beater

Southern Illinois University Saluki number four, Eric McGill, Guard, went for a basket and scored against Missouri State Bears during the Saturday night game at the SIU Banterra Center ending the game 66 to 68 with SIU Salukis taking the win on Feb. 8, 2020.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

February 8, 2020

Tied 66-66 with Missouri State with just 1.6 seconds left on the clock, Southern Illinois had one opportunity to get a shot up as graduate student guard Ronnie Suggs Jr. threw the ball in bounds. It was freshman guard Marcus Domask who fired the shot, and a crowd of 6,528 at Banterra Center erupted into cheers as it went in.

Drake powers past Salukis 91-76

Southern Illinois Salukis guard Brittney Patrick drives the ball past Drake Bulldogs guard Nicole Miller on Friday, March 1, 2019, during a matchup between the Southern Illinois Salukis and the Drake Bulldogs at SIU Arena.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

February 7, 2020

With 10 minutes left to play, Southern Illinois women’s basketball had a nine-point gap to close against the Drake University Bulldogs, but couldn’t find the momentum to gain the lead on Drake’s home floor. On Feb. 7, the Salukis traveled to Des Moines to take on Drake University and fell 91-76 at the Knapp Center.

Could we win it all? MBB has a better chance of making the Valley championship this year

Southern Illinois University's Freshman guard Karrington Davis protects the ball from University of Northern Iowa's Junior guard Trae Berhow during a basketball game at the SIU Bantera Arena on Wednesday January 22, 2020.  The game ended at 68 SIU and 66 UNI.

By Tamar Mosby, Sports Editor

February 7, 2020

I’m sure many Saluki fans remember last year’s less than disappointing Arch Madness tournament where Southern lost in the first round of play to UNI, whom they had swept in regular season play. Last year’s men’s team was predicted to go far in the tournament with a highly talented, veteran-heavy team, but, for many reasons, they were unable to live up to these expectations.

The streak continues: Southern wins sixth-straight MVC matchup in OT against Evansville

Saluki Freshman gurd Lance Jones goes for a basket during the Southern Illinois University vs University of Nothern Iowa  Wednesday January 22, 2020 game in SIU's Bantera Arena. The game ended at 68 SIU and 66 UNI. The game ended at 68 SIU and 66 UNI.

By Tamar Mosby, Sports Editor

February 5, 2020

After defeating the top teams in the conference, it was surprising to see the Saluki Men’s Basketball Team struggling to win against the University of Evansville, who is currently ranked last in the MVC and has yet to win a conference matchup. Both teams battled to stay ahead, but it was Southern who emerged with the 64-60 victory after the game was sent into overtime.

‘DE-FENSE!’: SIU men’s and women’s basketball defense is paying off

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

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

February 5, 2020

If there’s one thing that has been important for both SIU men’s and women’s basketball programs this season, it’s been defense and that focus on the defensive end has been paying off. After losing three of their first five Missouri Valley Conference matchups, Saluki men’s basketball team has taken matters in their own hands.

Southern upsets No. 1 Bradley at Banterra Center

Brittney Patrick (siu guard) moves the ball to the basket against Bradley (February 2nd 2020)

By Zach Kramer, Sports Reporter

February 2, 2020

After a heartbreaking loss to Illinois State on Friday, the SIU Women’s Basketball team took the floor at Banterra Center hungry for a win. The Salukis defeated the Bradley University Braves, who are currently first place seed in the MVC, 64-50 this afternoon.

SIU gets fifth conference win in a row over Drake

Salukis forward Marcus Domask drives hard into the paint during the Salukis 66-49 win over the Drake Bulldogs on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 in the Banterra Center.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

February 1, 2020

With less than five minutes of play remaining, Drake made a 17-10 scoring run against the Salukis in hopes of defending their home court winning streak, but it wouldn’t prove enough to find a win over SIU. The Salukis used a powerful performance in both halves to take down the Bulldogs 79-72 for their fifth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference win and second true road game win.

Illinois State shuts down Salukis 62-54

Kristen Nelson drives past a couple of Redbird defenders during SIU’s 62-54 to Illinois State on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in the Banterra Center.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

February 1, 2020

Southern Illinois women’s basketball looked to recover from a 13-point deficit in their last five minutes of play, but couldn’t get past Illinois State’s defense in enough time for the win. The Redbirds (13-6, 5-3 MVC) used an 8-0 run to start off the fourth quarter that allowed them to take the 62-54 win over the Salukis (12-7, 4-4 MVC) at Banterra Center on Jan. 31.

Jarnigan speaks on Saluki athletics’ plans for 2020

Athletic Director Liz Jarnigan congratulates players after the game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 after the Salukis' 76-65 win against the Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

January 31, 2020

Saluki athletics have been busy in the past several months since Liz Jarnigan was named new athletic director in September 2019. Now in 2020, SIU doesn’t intend to slow their progress as they take on issues within the department to improve the success of their programs.

Where’s Barry? The whereabouts of Barry Hinson and a few reasons why he deserved better from Saluki fans

Where’s Barry? The whereabouts of Barry Hinson and a few reasons why he deserved better from Saluki fans

By Tāmar Mosby, Sports Editor

January 31, 2020

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when former Saluki head coach, Barry Hinson, emotionally announced that he was stepping down last year after Southern had a very disappointing season and an even more disappointing Arch Madness appearance. Hinson announced his resignation immediately after Southern’s first round tournament loss to UNI and promptly left his post as head coach.

Southern stuns Ramblers behind McGill’s 27-point performance

Southern Illinois Salukis  Senior Guard Eric McGill defends the ball in the game against Lyola Ramblers 68 to 63 in the Wednesday January 29, 2020 game at the SIU Bantera Arena.

By Tāmar Mosby, Sports Editor

January 30, 2020

A crowd of nearly 5,000 gathered for an eventful night at Banterra Center in a Blackout Cancer game that resulted in a Southern Illinois men’s basketball victory. After trailing the Loyola University Ramblers for the entire first half, The Salukis turned up the heat in the second period to take the lead and win the game 68-63.

Moving On Up: Saluki MBB climbs valley standings after defeating ISU and No. 1 UNI

Southern Illinois University's Freshman gurd Lance Jones defends the ball from University of Nothern Iowa's Forward Austin Phyfe during the Wednesday January 22, 2020 game in SIU's Bantera Arena. The game ended at 68 SIU and 66 UNI.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

January 27, 2020

The SIU men’s basketball team revealed that they had what it took to be an MVC contender when they brought the number one team in the conference, the University of Northern Iowa, down and later defeated another Valley opponent during the weekend.

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