Nov. 21, 2010
By Tom Weber
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois used its superior size and depth to wear down Austin Peay on Sunday en route to a 72-65 non-conference win.
The Salukis (1-2) dominated the boards, 39-21, including 16 offensive rebounds. Head coach Chris Lowery used a 10-man rotation in which no player clocked more than 27 minutes on the floor.
"Southern Illinois just out-toughed us," said Austin Peay coach Dave Loos, whose team played its fourth-straight road game and dropped to 2-2 on the season. "They beat us up really bad on the boards. This is the first of our four games that I have been disappointed in our effort defensively, because they were just tougher than us."
SIU bounced back nicely from Tuesday's heart-breaking overtime loss to Northeastern. In that game, Southern committed 23 turnovers. Today, the Salukis coughed it up only 14 times, including just five in the second half.
Point guard Kendal Brown-Surles matched his career high with 15 points for SIU and was 3-of-4 from behind the arc. He entered the game with two points on the season.
"I really had no idea about (Brown-Surles)," Loos said. "He was a real spark for them -- there's no question about that."
Saluki center Gene Teague remained a focal point for the offense. He scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Southern in the face of constant double teaming.
"We did a horrible job on him," Loos said. "He's a tough guy and we didn't handle him well at all."
Lowery said he was pleased that Teague committed only one turnover after committing 10 in the first two contests.
"He did a good job of just going, instead of catching and holding," Lowery said. "That's why he has been getting turnovers, because he is waiting for the double team, holding it, then (defenders) are coming."
Southern led the entire second half, but never by more than nine points. The Governors (2-2) drew as close as two, 63-61, on a jumper by Tyshwan Edmondson with 2:29 remaining. SIU then closed out the game with a 9-3 run, breaking Austin Peay's full-court press that caused them trouble earlier.
"I saw their game against Northeastern, of course, and I think they played very different -- much better today than I've seen them play," Loos said.
Junior forward Mamadou Seck provided a spark off the bench for Southern with eight points and 10 rebounds -- four of them on the offensive glass.
"His energy and enthusiasm are just what we are looking for," Lowery said. "He plays hard, he tries, and he is a great teammate."
After shooting 40.7 percent in their first two games, the Salukis shot 51.8 percent from the field against Austin Peay.
"I'll be honest with you, they shot it better than we anticipated they would," Loos said. "We thought we could zone some, but we didn't have a lot of success with that."
Southern returns to action Tuesday night when it hosts Charleston Southern at 7:05 p.m.
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