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February 10, 2013

VIDEO: Sycamore stress test: ISU survives Southern Illinois

Despite close shave, Sycamores in first place in MVC

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TERRE HAUTE —

Defensive intensity was absent and the focused Salukis made the off-kilter Sycamores pay. SIU led 13-1 before the first media timeout.

Smith answered ISU’s distress call and got the Sycamores settled. Smith scored eight points of ISU’s points in a 15-7 run that helped cut ISU’s deficit to 20-16 with 8:23 left in the half.

“I felt the energy wasn’t there, so I felt I just had to go and do it,” Smith said.

ISU starters began to awaken, an 8-2 run tied the game with five minutes left in the half. ISU took the lead on a Smith layup at 2:44, but SIU finished the half on a 7-2 run to lead 34-31 at halftime.

Though ISU seemed to have the momentum entering the second half, it quickly squandered it. The Salukis started the half on a 9-2 run to restore their double-digit advantage. A mid-half 10-0 run briefly gave ISU the lead, but SIU responded with a 10-3 run to take a six-point lead by the time of Mahurin’s four-point play.

ISU plays its next two games on the road, starting with Missouri State on Tuesday. It knows an effort like Saturday’s won’t cut if they want to remain in the MVC race and in NCAA Tournament consideration.

“If you want to contend for a championship, you can’t play like we did today. We didn’t get better today. Southern Illinois had a lot to do with it,” Lansing said.

 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (65) – Daniels 4-9 4-9 12, Brown-Surles 1-4 0-0 3, Jackson 4-7 7-12 16, Lindsay 1-5 0-1 2, Early 1-2 0-0 2, Pendleton 6-9 4-4 17, Drinkard 0-0 0-0 0, Long 1-2 0-0 3, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Beane 4-7 0-0 10. 22-45 FG, 15-26 FT, 65 TP.

INDIANA STATE (66) – Arop 1-7 4-4 6, Mahurin 5-7 1-1 16, Gant 2-5 0-0 4, Brown 0-2 3-6 3, Odum 4-7 5-7 13, Kitchell 2-2 1-2 5, Eitel 1-4 0-0 3, Cummings 1-5 1-2 4, K. Smith 6-8 0-3 12. 22-47 FG, 15-25 FT, 66 TP.

Halftime score – SIU 34-31. 3-point goals – SIU 6-13 (Beane 2-2, Brown-Surles 1-3, Jackson 1-3, Long 1-2, Pendleton 1-1, Lindsay 0-2), ISU 7-18 (Mahurin 5-7, Eitel 1-4, Cummings 1-2, Arop 0-4). Rebounds – SIU 32 (Jackson 7, Pendleton 7, Daniels 6, Brown-Surles 3, Lindsay 2, Early 2, Team 2, Drinkard, Taylor, Beane), ISU 30 (Cummings 8, K. Smith 6, Arop 4, Gant 4, Kitchell 3, Team 3, Mahurin, Brown), Assists – SIU 12 (Brown-Surles 5, Daniels 3, Jackson 2, Lindsay, Pendleton), ISU 16 (Odum 5, Eitel 3, Arop 2, Brown 2, K. Smith 2, Kitchell, Cummings), Steals – SIU 7 (Jackson 2, Beane 2, Brown-Surles, Lindsay, Pendleton), ISU 8 (Odum 4, Kitchell 2, Brown), Blocks – SIU 2 (Daniels, Drinkard), ISU 7 (Mahurin 3, Odum 2, Gant, K. Smith), Turnovers – SIU 14 (Daniels 3, Jackson 3, Beane 3, Brown-Surles 2, Early, Pendleton, Drinkard), ISU 12 (Mahurin 3, K. Smith 3, Brown 2, Arop, Gant, Odum, Cummings), Total fouls – SIU 22, ISU 18. Fouled out – Beane. A – 5821.

Next – ISU (16-8, 9-4) plays at Missouri State on Tuesday. SIU (9-15, 2-11) plays host to Evansville on Wednesday.

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