CARBONDALE - Hot pink looked good on SIU's men's basketball team earlier tonight, as the Salukis made seven of their first 12 shots against Bradley.

As part of the Pink Out promotion, SIU came out in white jerseys and white shorts with hot pink trim. Anthony Beane made five of his first seven shots from the field and helped the Salukis go up 22-12 with a jumper behind a screen. Beane had 13 of the Salukis' first 24 points, and when he missed, more than not, his teammates were there to clean it up at SIU Arena.

SIU grabbed seven offensive rebounds in the opening 14 minutes and scored eight second-chance points. The Salukis finished the half with nine offensive rebounds and eight second-chance points.

Bradley hung close behind some hot shooting of its own. Auston Barnes and Omari Grier delivered 3-pointers during a 15-5 Braves run. Grier's four-point play with 3:50 to go in the half pulled Bradley within one.

The Braves took the lead off a Walt Lemon, Jr. free throw with 1:07 to go in the half and took a 35-33 lead at the break. Tyshon Pickett's last-second jumper rolled in, and Beane missed a pull-up jumper right before the halftime buzzer.

Beane led all scorers with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Desmar Jackson added seven points and four rebounds, and Bola Olaniyan had five points and a game-high eight boards.

Bradley got nine from Lemon and seven from Barnes and Grier.

Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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