Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Salukis edge No. 25 Northern Iowa in key MVC clash

Carbondale, IL (Sports Network) – Tony Young made a driving layup with seven
seconds left to lift the Southern Illinois Salukis to a 46-45 victory over No.
25 Northern Iowa in a Missouri Valley Conference game at SIU Arena.

Matt Shaw scored 16 points, Jamaal Tatum added 11 and Young contributed
nine points for the Salukis (19-10, 12-6 MVC), who halted a three-game losing
streak and vaulted ahead of the Panthers in the conference standings. Southern
Illinois also bolstered its at-large NCAA tournament chances with the victory.

Grant Stout led Northern Iowa (22-8, 11-7) with 16 points and eight rebounds
and Jacobson tallied 14 points, but the Panthers were held in check by a
Saluki defense that continues to lock down opposing offenses. Coming into the
contest, Southern Illinois had given up just 57.4 points per game.

After Stout hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining to give the
Panthers held a 45-44 lead, Young drove down the lane for the go-ahead layup.
UNI’s Ben Jacobson then missed a potential game-winning three just before the
buzzer.

The Salukis got off to a nightmare start, missing nine straight shots after
scoring the game’s first basket. Northern Iowa took advantage, jumping out to
a 14-2 lead. Stout tallied six points and Erik Crawford’s jumper with just
over 12 minutes remaining in the half capped the strong beginning .

From there, Southern Illinois dominated the remainder of the half. Shaw’s
basket with about two minutes left brought the Salukis all the way back to
seize a 20-18 edge. They held a 24-20 lead at the break.

The momentum continued right out of the locker room, as Tatum and Shaw dialed
in three-pointers. Tatum’s jumper to follow gave Southern Illinois the first
eight points of the half and enlarged the lead to 32-20.

With the quick burst, the Salukis outscored Northern Iowa 30-6 since trailing
by a dozen early in the contest.

The Panthers responded with five straight points and the score remained close
for the remainder of the contest.

Game Notes

Northern Iowa defeated Southern Illinois 71-65 in the first meeting between
the clubs this season…The Salukis own a 24-11 advantage in the all-time
series…The Panthers and Salukis closed their respective regular seasons with
Saturday’s conference clash.

NIOWA SILLINOIS