Feb. 10, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. - For the second-straight week, Anthony Beane was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, the league announced today. Beane averaged 23.0 points in wins over Drake and Missouri State. He was 15-of-26 (.577) from the field, 7-of-13 (.538) from 3-point and 9-of-9 from the FT line. The Salukis won the two games by a combined 34-point margin. He's the first MVC player to win Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks since Doug McDermott of Creighton last year. He's the first Saluki to do it since Darren Brooks in 2004.
Wichita State cruises past Men's Basketball, 82-67
No. 7-ranked Wichita State was in no mood for an upset on Thursday night at SIU Arena. After blowing a 16-point lead here in a stunning loss last year, the Shockers (14-0, 1-0) stomped on the gas pedal from the opening tip and rarely let up en route to an 82-67 victory over Southern Illinois.
|Southern Illinois (10-15, 6-6) at Wichita State (25-0, 12-0)|
|Date||Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014|
|Time||7:05 p.m. CT|
|Location||Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, Kan. (10,500)|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Audio Stream||Saluki All-Access|
|Video Stream||Saluki All-Access|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois|
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
Series versus Wichita State
Wichita State has won seven of the last nine meetings with Southern Illinois, including a 15-point victory in Carbondale on Jan. 2. SIU's wins during that span were a 64-62 home victory on Feb. 5, 2013, and a 56-53 win at Charles Koch Arena on Feb. 8, 2011.
Salukis versus ranked opponents
SIU has lost 10 of its last 11 games against ranked opponents with the only win coming against the No. 22 Shockers last season. In school history, the Salukis have beaten top 10 teams twice before, defeating No. 5 Wichita State on Dec. 20, 1965 and No. 2 Louisville on Jan. 11, 1967.
Anthony Beane on a hot streak
In the last four games, G Anthony Beane (6-2, 180, So.) is averaging 23.8 points, while shooting 31-of-53 from the field, 10-of-22 from 3-point and 23-of-24 from FT line. He leads the team and ranks 10th in the MVC in 3-point shooting (.391), and also ranks 10th in scoring (13.0). Beane was named the league's Player of the Week on Feb. 3.
Beane going for fifth-straight 20-point outing
Beane became the first Saluki player to score 20 or more points in four-straight games since Kent Williams did it in 2001. The last time a Saluki scored 20 or more in five-straight games was in the 1996-97 season when Troy Hudson had a six-game stretch of 20 or more points.
Desmar Jackson closing on 1,800 points
G Desmar Jackson (6-5, 180, Sr.) has 1,763 career points (804 at Wyoming, 959 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 37th in the nation (19.7 ppg). Jackson has scored in double figures in 29-straight games dating back to last season.
Jackson 12th in nation in steals
Jackson is making his case for MVC Defensive Player of the year, leading the MVC with 2.48 steals per game, which ranks him No. 12 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 (2.14) at SIU.
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 56 959
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 (5.8). He has two double-doubles on the season (vs. Drake and Indiana State).
MVC Freshman Scoring Games PPG
1. Milton Doyle, Loyola 24 16.4
2. Blake Simmons, Evansville 25 9.6
3. Austin Ruder, Missouri State 24 8.4
4. Reggie Lynch, Illinois State 24 7.5
5. Sean O'Brien, SIU 25 7.4
About the four-game winning streak
SIU has won four-straight games for the first time since it won six-straight from Dec. 9 to Jan. 1, during the 2009-10 season. The Salukis have won four-straight MVC games for the first time since winning four-straight from Feb. 13-26, 2008. The last time Southern won five-straight league contests was when it closed the 2007 season with 10-straight conference victories.
*The 16-point road win at Drake was the largest road margin since winning at SEMO by 21 on Dec. 9, 2010.
*The 54 points allowed vs. Missouri State were the fewest since surrendering 48 to Stetson on Nov. 26.
*The Salukis are 7-2 when Anthony Beane scores 15 or more points.
*The Salukis are 8-3 when leading at halftime anad 2-11 when trailing at the break.
*Barry Hinson is 8-3 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 3-0 in the second half.
3-Ball starts falling for Salukis
SIU is 16-for-30 (.533) from 3-point range in the last two games. Thd Salukis shot .298 from outside the arc in the first 23 games.
Fillyaw close to returning
PG Marcus Fillyaw (6-1,180, So.) broke a bone in his left hand against Loyola on Jan. 8 and has missed the last nine games, but he started practicing last week and could play this week, according to Hinson. He started the first 16 games of the season, averaged 4.4 points and led the team with 45 assists.
Bola Olaniyan a rebounding machine
Freshman Bola Olaniyan (6-7, 225, Fr.) has grabbed 49 rebounds in the last five 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 (3.2 offensive rebounds). He played sparingly in the team's first 18 games, but has started the last five.