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
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.
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.