Jan. 16, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois (6-12, 2-3) travels to Bradley (6-12, 1-4) for a rare Friday game at 7:05 p.m. The contest will air live on WSIU and ESPN3. From 2009 to 2011, Southern Illinois and Bradley split their season series. In 2012, the Salukis swept the Braves, and in 2013, the Braves returned the favor by sweeping SIU.
|Southern Illinois (6-12, 2-3) at Bradley (6-12, 1-4)|
|Date||Friday, Jan. 17, 2014|
|Time||7:05 p.m. CT|
|Location||Peoria, Ill. - Carver Arena|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois|
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
Bradley holds on to beat Men's Basketball, 69-66
Four players scored in double figures and Bradley held off a late rally by Southern Illinois to win, 69-66, on Tuesday night in Peoria.
Coach Hinson Transcript
What does the win mean for your team right now?
"I think it means a lot for everybody. The thing that's most important I think it meant a lot to our fans. It was really important for me to see, specifically in the last four minutes, how they responded. Normally I'm pretty zoned out, my wife will confirm that, but I'm pretty zoned out during the game. I don't hear things, I don't hear fans and stuff, but I don't mind telling you in the last four minutes I heard our fans. I heard them on every stop, I saw them get up to their feet, and I just saw the impact it made on the ballgame, and I told the players: don't take that for granted. I thought they earned it with how they played. I told them that they can earn that continually in the future by doing the same thing. I think it was important for our players to see, once again, down 17 in the first half, same thing against Wichita St. last year, same thing this year. But I think the more important thing against a good team like Northern Iowa, you're down 14 with around five minutes to go, you still just gotta hang in there. And it all just comes down to one thing: can you get stops? That's the one thing we kept telling our guys in the timeouts is that we're scoring. We're just trading baskets back and forth. Let's get stops. If we can get three or four stops in a row, I think we can have some success."
You talked about playing more zone and then you guys come out and play man, what was up with that?
"We felt like, specifically in this game, that we matched up better with them in a man situation. Certainly this year, it's been almost by how the game dictates what we do. I said the other night we played 40 minutes of man, we didn't, we played 39 minutes and 56 seconds of man. We played 4 seconds of zone. They hit a three on us on an out-of-bounds play with six seconds left on the shot clock, and it took us two seconds to get back into it, but you know four seconds they scored three points against us. I felt comfortable playing our man. I think we're getting better every day in practice, but I don't want it to be limited. We're gonna have to play some zone, really now because of the deficit that we have with players, we're gonna have to play zone just to protect us from the foul situation."
I know you don't want to give too much away, but what do you anticipate for tomorrow?
"I think defensively the biggest key for us is can we guard the penetration, and can we keep them off the glass? Their greatest assets are our worst liabilities. They do a great job of penetration. They do a great job of getting to the offensive glass. Sometimes their best offense is a missed shot, so we've gotta limit their second chance opportunities. We've gotta do a great job on contesting the first shot, and if we do that, then we'll put ourselves in a position to be in the ballgame.
Chance to get to .500 how big will that be for this team?
"For me personally, not as big as what it would be for our fans and what everybody's been through. I'm watching your station last night and Darren (Kinnard) says it's the first time (since 2012) we'd be back to .500. I think that would be great. We've been telling our guys all along that we were picked eighth. We don't want to be eightth. We want to be better than what we were picked, and I hope that we can attain that goal."
So the million dollar question is can you play 40 minutes as well as you played the last 5 minutes against Northern Iowa tomorrow night?
"That is the million dollar question. The thing that alarms me is that we played really well against Loyola, then we took the time off against Evansville. We played really well against Northern Iowa down the stretch, but we didn't play well against Northern Iowa in the first half. Against Loyola, I thought we played a complete game, but it was hard, we knew it was gonna be hard. This ballgame tomorrow night is gonna be a very difficult game. It's gonna be a game where there's gonna be big runs, and you've got to be able to weather the storm. It'll be interesting to see the mentality we take into that game."
Any similarities between how (Walt) Lemon plays and how Dez plays?
"I think Lemon is a completely different player than Desmar. I think Desmar's a prober, Lemon is an attack guy, he is in attack mode the entire time, and he really gives us problems. He's a left-handed shooter that shoots better going to his right, so he's kind of an anomaly there. But he's always in attack mode, whenever he has the ball, here's the guy that's going to the basket. He's shot 100 more times than anybody on his team, so when he has the ball, everybody has to be aware of it."
Is this the best you've seen Dez play since he's been here?
"I think the best I've seen Dez play is the second half against Northern Iowa, the entire game defensively against Loyola, and the entire game against SIUE. I think when Dez realizes that he makes us better when he's a distributor as well as a defender and a scorer, that makes us best. I got asked the question today on the radio, `As Dez goes, so goes the team.' I hate that, but that's the truth. And when he figures that out, I think that he'll figure out that he's got a chance to really have a special career end here, and to have an opportunity to be paid to play basketball later on."