Anthony Beane picks up another Player of the Week honor; Men's Basketball travels to Northern Iowa

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    Feb. 24, 2014

    For the third time in four weeks, Anthony Beane was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, the league announced today. Beane averaged 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in wins over Bradley and Evansville. He made 16-of-33 (.485) shots from the field and 14-of-17 (.824) from the line. In the win at Evansville, he had 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 37 seconds remaining that helped seal the victory. He joins Creighton's Doug McDermott and Bradley's Hersey Hawkins as the only MVC players since 1987-88 to win the award three times in a four-week span. Beane is the first Saluki to win the award three times in a season since Darren Brooks in 2005.

    The Last Meeting
    Northern Iowa66
    Southern Illinois68
    January 14, 2014
    Carbondale, Ill.
    Men's Basketball rallies for thrilling 68-66 win over Northern Iowa
    Southern Illinois rallied from a 12-point deficit in the final five minutes and Desmar Jackson hit a fadeaway baseline jumper with 5.8 seconds in a thrilling 68-66 win over Northern Iowa on Tuesday.

    Southern Illinois (12-17, 8-8) travels to Northern Iowa (14-14, 8-8) for a Wednesday night matchup at 7:05 p.m. that will be televised locally on WSIU. The Salukis haven't won in Cedar Falls since 2003. SIU, UNI, Missouri State and Illinois State are all tied for third place in the MVC standings with two games remaining in the regular season.

    Southern Illinois (12-17, 8-8) at Northern Iowa (14-14, 8-8)
     Date Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
     Time 7:05 p.m. CT
     Location McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa
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     TV WSIU
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    Anthony Beane on an eight-game tear
    In the last eight games, G Anthony Beane (6-2, 180, So.) is on a remarkable run, averaging 23.4 points. Here's a comparison of his stats in the first eight MVC games versus the last eight. Beane MVC Games 1st 8 Last 8
    Scoring Average 9.4 23.4
    FG Percentage .412 .529
    3FG Percentage .346 .442
    FT Percentage .556 .889
    Rebounds 2.5 3.9
    Team Record 2-6 6-2
    Beane ranks 8th in scoring in the MVC (14.1 ppg) and 7th in 3-point shooting (.407). He was named the league's Player of the Week on both Feb. 3 and Feb. 10.

    Two-year players' career-scoring at SIU
    Desmar Jackson (6-5, 180, Sr.)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 1,164
    2. Freddie McSwain, 1989-90 66 1,083
    3. Desmar Jackson, 2013-14 60 1,021
    4. Walt Frazier, 1965, 67 50 884

    Jackson surpasses 1,800 points
    Jackson has 1,825 career points (804 at Wyoming, 1,021 at Southern Illinois) and has scored more points in his college career than any active player in the league. He is the 43rd player in SIU history to score 1,000 points. Jackson is the league's second-leading scorer (19.1 ppg) and has scored in double figures in 33-straight games dating back to last season.

    Jackson 10th 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. 10 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).

    Dynamic Duo
    Jackson (19.1 ppg) and Beane (14.3 ppg) combine to average 33.4 points per game. The last Saluki duo to combine for more than 30.0 points per game in a season was the Troy Hudson (21.0)-Rashad Tucker (15.1) combo of 1997.

    Beane posts five-straight 20-point games
    Beane scored 20 or more points in five-straight games from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11. He became the first Saluki player with four straight since Kent Williams (2001), and the first since Troy Hudson (1997) to have five-straight with 20 or more points.

    Series versus Northern Iowa
    The Salukis are 5-17 all-time at Northern Iowa since UNI joined the league in 1992. The Panthers have won 10-straight at home over SIU. The last time Southern won in Cedar Falls was an 88-78 OT victory on Jan. 22, 2003. The Bruce Weber-coached Salukis were 14-of-24 from 3-point range.

    Streaks and Trends
    *Anthony Beane has made at least one 3-point shot in 12-straight games, while Tyler Smithpeters has made at least one in nine-straight. *The Salukis are 9-4 when Anthony Beane scores 15 or more points. *SIU was 3-6 in the first half of the season, but is 5-2 in the second half. *The last time SIU won eight MVC games in a season was 2009.