Feb. 7, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois (9-15, 5-6) hosts Missouri State (16-7, 6-5) on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at SIU Arena. Winners of three-straight games, the Salukis are in a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference with Northern Iowa and Bradley. Saluki Athletics is celebrating its All-Century team with a special presentation at halftime. The first 500 fans will receive a free rally towel.
The game will be televised on the MVC TV network and will be cleared live on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Kansas City (combined 5.9 million homes), FOX College Sports Atlantic (56 million digital homes), Comcast SportsNet Chicago (4.9 million homes), ESPN3 (outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri), DirecTV (Channel 671), Dish Network (Channel 418) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 748).
Missouri State pulls away late to beat Men's Basketball, 69-63
Jarmar Gulley scored 17 points, including a key put-back off a missed free throw with two minutes remaining to lead Missouri State to a 69-63 win on Saturday.
|Southern Illinois (9-15, 5-6) vs. Missouri State (16-7, 6-5)|
|Date||Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014|
|Time||6:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Carbondale, Ill. - SIU Arena|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois|
Series versus Missouri State
The Bears have dominated the recent series, winning nine of the last 10 meetings between the schools. The lone victory during that 10-game span came on Feb. 16, 2013. In that game, senior forward Jeff Early scored 20 points and Desmar Jackson added 11 points and four assists.
Desmar Jackson eclipses 1,700 points
G Desmar Jackson (6-5, 180, Sr.) has 1,752 career points (804 at Wyoming, 948 at Southern Illinois) and has scored more points in his college career than any active player in the league. A member of the MVC Preseason Team, he is the league's second-leading scorer and ranks 27th in the nation (20.0 ppg).
Jackson 9th in nation in steals
Jackson is making his case for MVC Defensive Player of the year, leading the MVC with 2.54 steals per game, which ranks him No. 9 nationally. Three times, he has recorded six steals in a game. Bryan Mullins is the only other Saluki player to do so three times in a season (2007-08). Jackson is the career leader in steals per game (2.18) at SIU.
Anthony Beane on a hot streak
G Anthony Beane (6-2, 180, So.), the reigning MVC Player of the Week, is averaging 23.0 points in the last three games, while shooting 22-of-39 from the field, 6-of-15 from 3-point and 19-of-20 from the FT line. He has moved up to 13th in scoring in the MVC (12.4 points). Beane made the winning jumper in the overtime victory over Loyola on Feb. 1. He leads the team in 3-point shooting percentage (.381), a significant improvement over last year's .313 mark.
Bola Olaniyan a rebounding machine
Freshman Bola Olaniyan (6-7, 225, Fr.) has grabbed 42 rebounds in the last four games and has vaulted to fifth in the MVC in conference only games (7.0 rebounds). The Nigeria native leads the league in offensive rebounds in conference games (3.3 offensive rebounds). He played sparingly in the team's first 18 games, but has started the last four.
Two-year players' career-scoring at SIU
Jackson ranks third in school history in scoring among two-year players and recently passed the iconic Walt Frazier.
Player Games Pts.
1. Troy Hudson, 1996-97 55 1164
2. Freddie McSwain, 1989-90 66 1083
3. Desmar Jackson, 2013-14 55 948
4. Walt Frazier, 1965, 67 50 884
Sean O'Brien among MVC's top freshmen
F Sean O'Brien (6-6, 205, Fr.) ranks fifth in the MVC in scoring among freshmen and is the top rebounding freshman in the Valley (5.9). He has two double-doubles on the season (vs. Drake and Indiana State).
MVC Freshman Scoring Games PPG
1. Milton Doyle, Loyola 22 16.5
2. Blake Simmons, Evansville 24 9.2
3. Austin Ruder, Missouri State 23 8.7
4. Reggie Lynch, Illinois State 23 7.5
5. Sean O'Brien, SIU 24 7.4
6. Duane Gibson, Evansville 24 6.9
Jackson in elite company
Jackson is one of only nine players in the nation to average more than 20 points and shoot 49 percent or better from the field.
*SIU has won three-straight games for the first time this season.
*The last time SIU won four-straight games was when it won six-straight from Dec. 9 to Jan. 1, during the 2009-10 season.
*SIU has won three-straight MVC games for the first time since winning four-straight from Feb. 13-26, 2008.
*The 16-point road win at Drake was the largest road margin since winning at SEMO by 21 on Dec. 9, 2010.
*The Salukis are 6-2 when Anthony Beane scores 15 or more points.
*The Salukis are 7-3 when leading at halftime anad 2-11 when trailing at the break.
*Barry Hinson is 7-3 in February games at SIU
*SIU was 1-8 at the midway point of the MVC season last year, but posted a 5-4 mark in the second half. This year they were 3-6 in the first half and are 2-0 in the second half.
*SIU had a season-best in 3-point shooting at Drake, going 7-for-13