TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - SIU's men's basketball team closed to within three in the final minute at Indiana State earlier today, but couldn't close the gap before falling 60-57.

Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane missed potentially-tying 3-pointers on SIU's final possession at the Hulman Center. The Salukis called timeout right before the game ended, but only gave themselves 0.3 seconds to try again. Under NCAA rules, only a tip is allowed with that amount of time, and Bronson Verhines' last-second catch-and-throw was not counted in the box score.

SIU dropped its second straight game, but against the top two teams. Wichita State, ranked second in the country in the latest USA today coaches poll, and the Sycamores are 1-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

Jackson had 19 points and Beane had 18.

SIU returns home Tuesday night to face Bradley.

Indiana State's size seemed to bother SIU  at both ends of the floor. The Sycamores blocked 10 shots to SIU's 1. One was off Beane's potentially-tying 3 in the final seconds.


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