Nov. 18, 2013
By DeMario Phipps-Smith
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois (0-2) plays at Austin Peay (0-1) on Tuesday for the first time since 1994. The Salukis hold a 9-5 edge in the all-time series between the schools.
|Southern Illinois (0-2) at Austin Peay (0-1)|
|Date||Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013|
|Time||7:05 p.m. CT|
|Location||Clarksville, Tenn. - Dunn Center|
|Radio||Saluki Sports Network|
|Video Stream||OVC Digital Network|
|Game Notes||Southern Illinois|
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
Men's Basketball downs Austin Peay, 72-65
Point guard Kendal Brown-Surles matched his career high with 15 points as Southern Illinois picked up its first win of the season by beating Austin Peay, 72-65.
Barry Hinson press conference transcript
Q: Austin Peay doesn't have the same size as Missouri and Saint Louis. How do you match up with them?
"I think they have one big guy. (Chris) Horton set the all-time record for blocked shots at Austin Peay as a freshman. He is the fourth all-time leading shot blocker in the Ohio Valley Conference. That gives us something we haven't seen before; it gives us a different look. The other thing is if you look at their records last year, they had better stats than we did. Their stats were far better than ours last year even though we finished with a better record. Their stats were much more impressive than ours. (Travis) Betran, picked to possibly be the OVC player-of-the-year, he is tied for eighth on the team in scoring right now. This is a kid that averaged 17 points a game last year and he's only averaging five now. When is he going to come out of that? Their leading scorer is a junior-college transfer named (Ed) Dyson. They have a lot of question marks for us as far as the scouting report, goes but I watched them on film this morning and they are extremely athletic, fast, press and they play a fast pace. Quite frankly, that's completely opposite of Saint Louis. They are a little bit more like Mizzou but their big guys are much more active. The biggest challenge for us, in all honesty, is us. We are our biggest challenge. We are 0-2 to start the season. Our confidence is shook up. We have to find a way to get that back and I don't know of any other way to do that than to play aggressive. I would also like to figure out how the officials are going to call the game. We've had two games and the officiating has been different in both games. I'm looking at Tulsa-Missouri State the other night and they shot 87 free throws. Who wants to go to a ball game and see 87 free throws? That's awful! We are absolutely ruining the game if we make it into a free-throw-athon. Right now we just don't know how the games are going to be called."
Q: Even though you are 0-2, are you happy with your team's effort?
"We ask our guys to play their tails off and for the most part they have done that. We hit stretches and lulls where we didn't play very well and that's on me because I didn't sub some guys out. We played too many guys playing too many minutes -- we had four guys play over the 30-minute mark. We just cannot do that. We didn't feel comfortable throwing those freshmen out because it was such a man's game. Our strength and condition with our freshmen is not where it needs to be to play a team like Saint Louis."
Q: Are you surprised the confidence has been shaken even though you were right there against pretty good teams?
"What I mean by that is if you take another hit like this on the road against an opponent that isn't tabbed like Mizzou or Saint Louis, that's when your confidence becomes a little shaky. I think the best thing we need to do is go into that game and be extremely aggressive. I also had the sidebar about the officiating; if we play the way we did against St. Louis the other night--and as physical-- I don't know if they are going to call the game like that at Austin Peay. We are just trying figure out what to do."
Q: Have the jitters kind have gone away for the freshmen?
"I hope so. I can't answer that question, only those guys can. I don't think in all my years as a head coach that we've had a more difficult schedule to start the season. Frank Cusumano asked me why would I schedule these two games back-to-back. He said everyone is playing cupcake city this time of year. I told Frank it was the decision I made. You guys are always asking me will it pay off? I hope so, that's what we are banking on."
Q: Jalen Pendleton has played well coming off the bench, does he like that role?
"Yeah, I hope so. Even with three fouls, we said let's go to the spark. Then we put Jalen on the floor. He gives us that spark when he's in the game and we certainly have to have that from him."
Q: Have you considered starting him?
"No, absolutely not. He's that spark that you have to have coming off the bench. Quite frankly, Jalen's played well in those games but we start guys that are consistent in practice and the things that we do. We would like to play with a little bit more size and we can't do that with Jalen in the hybrid spot. It makes teams adjust to him as well, I think that's one of the byproducts of bringing him off the bench. Then they have to make substitution packages based on our people."
Q: Has Jalen replaced Jeff Early as the Energizer Bunny on the team?
"It's too early to say. I hope so. We have a lot of roles changing. We needed solid point guard play and Marcus Fillyaw has provided that. We need to shoot the ball better from the perimeter; we haven't shown any improvements at that yet. We needed better interior play and I think we will make great strides in that arena. The spark right now--the Energizer Bunny Rabbit-- has been Jalen and I hope it continues to be him. If he can do that and accept that role that will certainly make us a better ball club."
Q: Anthony Beane is off to a slow start, what's your opinion on his play?
"When you play a lot as a freshman, you go through a period as a sophomore where everyone knows how to play you. As a freshman and JUCO player, no one knows how you play because you are not on the the scouting reports. That second year around is the hard adjustment time. Everyone knows how to play. They are being physical with him, taking away his penetration, making him put the ball on the floor. It's bothered him somewhat. This is when you starting learning how to be a player and I think he'll do that."