Anthony Beane scored 31 points and Southern Illinois pulled away midway through the first half and cruised to a 75-60 victory over Drake on Saturday.
In his last dozen February games, the 6-foot-2 junior is averaging 21.1 points.
Junior guard is the league's third-leading scorer averaging 18.8 points
First All-Conference picks for SIU since 2008
Beane Has Earned Back-to-Back MVC Player of the Week and Scholar-Athlete of the Week from the MVC
*NABC First-Team All-District
*MVC Player of the Week (Jan. 3, Feb. 15)
*Lou Henson National Player of the Week (Feb. 15)
Finished second in the MVC in scoring (19.3) behind Evansville's D.J. Balentine...The highest single-season scoring average by a Saluki player since Troy Hudson 1997...One of 31 players named to the Lou Henson award watch list, which goes to the top Mid-Major player in the nation...SIU's leader in scoring, 3-pointers and free throws...Had his first career double-double vs. Loyola on Feb. 6...With 31 points each in back-to-back games versus Indiana State and Drake, became the first Saluki to top 30 points in consecutive games since Troy Hudson in 1996.
*MVC Player of the Week (Feb. 9)
Ranked second in the MVC in scoring (16.1), 4th in free throw percentage (.813), 6th in steals (1.2) and 3rd in minutes played (34.8)...Scored 20 or more points 10 times...Was 29-for-65 (.446) from 3-point in the last 14 games...Had a streak of 24-straight made free throws from Nov. 23 through Dec. 14...Named to the All-Tournament team at the Kent State Classic, where he averaged 16.0 points in three games...Had a career-high 32 points at Tennessee State, in which he had 24 points at halftime (8-for-8 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs).
*MVC Most-Improved Team
*1st-Team MVC Scholar-Athlete
*Three-time MVC Player of the Week (Feb. 3, 10, 24)
*Two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Feb. 3, 10)
In the last 12 games, averaged 21.4 points, while shooting .520 from the field, .413 from 3-point and .831 from the FT line...Ranked 8th in scoring in MVC (14.7 ppg) and 7th in 3-point shooting (.394)...Scored 20+ points 11 times, including eight of the last 12 games.
*MVC All-Freshman Team
Finished seventh in school history in points scored by a freshman (283) and eighth in scoring average (9.1)...Second in the MVC in scoring average among freshmen, behind Missouri State's Marcus Marshall...Scored double figures 15 times, including 10 MVC games...Started MVC play with six-straight double-digit scoring games...Posted a season-high 17 points versus New Orleans on on Dec. 17.
Averaged 16.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists his senior year and was named 4A Second-Team All-State by the Associated Press...The Big 12 Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior and The Pantagraph Player of the Year as a senior...Set a Normal High School record for 3-pointers in a season in 2012... Led NCHS to fourth place in the Class 4A State Tournament as a junior and to back-to-back Big 12 titles.
Dawg Bites Originally signed with Illinois State, but was released from his scholarship and signed at Southern after his father was named an assistant on Barry Hinson's staff...Born May 6, 1994...Son of Katina and Anthony Beane, Sr....Has a younger brother, Darius, who is a highly touted basketball player as a freshman in high school.