Shooting Woes Haunt Huskies at SIU

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Dec. 22, 2010

 

Final Stats

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Southern Illinois 61, NIU 49
SIU Arena | Carbondale, Ill.

1st 2nd Final
 Northern Illinois
25 24 49
 Southern Illinois
36 25 61
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Attendance: 4,239
 Player of the Game

Jeremy Landers
Points: 10
FG: 5-11 (.455)

 Team Stats
NIU OPP
 FG Percentage
27.9 51.1
 3-Point FG Percentage 20.0 25.0
 FT Percentage 75.0 52.2
 Offensive Rebounds
16 12
 Defensive Rebounds 17 30
 Total Rebounds 33 42
 Assists
9 12
 Turnovers
10 19
 Blocks
1 2
 Steals
7 4
 Points in the Paint
22 34
 Points off Turnovers
13 6
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CARBONDALE, Ill.  - The Northern Illinois men's basketball team shot just 27.9 percent (17-of-61) from the field on Wednesday night as it fell at Southern Illinois, 61-49. SIU shot 51.1 percent (23-of-45) on the other end of the floor while holding the Huskies to a season-low scoring.

"It was a physically-played basketball game and I thought our guys did a nice job for most of the game defensively," said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. "But regardless of how hard you play on the defensive end at some point you have to put the ball in the basket and that is what we were unable to do."

Senior guard Xavier Silas led NIU with 11 points, senior guard Jeremy Landers also reached double figures with 10 points.

Silas, the nation's leading scorer coming into the contest, was held 17 points under his average.

"I don't know that he got frustrated," said Patton of Silas. "He just had a man draped on him all night and he found it difficult to get open. We still needed other guys to step up, make shots and make plays."

Northern Illinois held on to the basketball well against the tight SIU man-to-man pressure defense as the Huskies committed just 10 turnovers in the contest, a season-low, while forcing the Salukis into 19 turnovers.

Both teams struggled offensively in the early going as neither team was able to crack the scoreboard for two-and-a-half minutes to begin the contest before Southern Illinois made a basket to open the scoring.

A steal and dunk by Silas gave the Huskies a 7-4 lead just over five minutes into the half, but the Salukis responded with a 7-0 run to take an 11-7 advantage. NIU came right back with a 7-0 burst of its own over the next two minutes, ignited by a triple from junior forward Tim Toler, to reclaim the lead, 14-11, with 9:12 left in the opening stanza.

Toler finished with nine points and a career-best four assists.

NIU was held scoreless for the nearly five minutes as Southern Illinois regained the lead. Freshman forward Nate Rucker ended the drought for the Huskies with an old-fashioned three-point play but the Salukis run continued following the play. The SIU run reached 18-5 as it took a double-digit lead, 29-19, with 3:33 to play before the break.

With the Northern Illinois post players in foul trouble, SIU pounded the ball inside in the waning moment of the first half, taking an 11-point lead into the intermission

Southern Illinois center Gene Teague led all scorers with 12 points in the first half; Silas and Rucker led the way for NIU with seven each in the opening 20 minutes. The Salukis shot 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from the field in the opening half while the Huskies struggled to just 28.6 percent (10-of-35) shooting, including 1-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc.

NIU scored the first four points out of the break to cut the Southern Illinois lead to seven, but the Huskies then went over six minutes scoreless as the SIU advantage reached 43-29.

Leading by a dozen, the Salukis went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Troy Long trifecta off an offensive rebound, to take a 52-33 lead and force an NIU timeout.

NIU had a 9-2 run late in the contest to cut the Southern Illinois final margin of victory to a dozen, 61-49. Senior guard Michael Patton made a pair of triples during the late NIU burst.

Northern Illinois shot 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from the field in the second half.

Teague led SIU with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, Mamadou Seck added 12 points for the Salukis.

Following a brief Christmas break, the Huskies will return to action when they travel to ninth-ranked Missouri on Monday, Dec. 27. Game time at the Mizzou Arena is slated for 7 p.m.

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