By the Numbers
3 — With the 66-60 loss to Bradley the Salukis have now lost three games in a row. And, if they do not defeat Evansville on the road Saturday it will be their third straight MVC loss.
8 — With Dantiel Daniels out with an ankle injury and Antonio Bryer transferring, coach Barry Hinson used an eight-man rotation against Bradley. Of that group, T.J. Lindsay and Jalen Patterson had eight and nine minutes, respectively.
10 — The Salukis did a good job of getting to the free throw line against Bradley, however, they missed 10-of-23 attempts, just 56.5 percent.
Stat line: 15 points, 6-12 FG, 3-7 FT, 9 RB, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals, 32 minutes.
Jackson was again SIU’s most consistent scoring threat. The junior guard was particularly effective down the stretch. He scored 10 of his points and both of his assists came in the second half. The only downside was 3-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line. Four of Jackson’s nine rebounds were on the offensive end.
Stat line: 9 points, 3-5 FG, 3-4 FT, 2 RB, 1 assist, 21 minutes.
Swan didn’t have the gaudiest stat line, but he turned in a gutsy performance on the defensive end. Swan wasn’t credited with any steals, but his active play on the defensive end resulted in several Bradley turnovers. That’s pretty remarkable considering the 6-foot-1 sophomore was playing the middle of SIU’s 2-3 zone, battling players 8-9 inches taller than him.
Grading the Salukis
Without its best inside player, SIU nearly matched Bradley pound-for-pound in the paint, getting outscored by two, and did two things it hadn’t done very well. The Salukis got to the free-throw line 23 times, the most attempts since playing UC Davis on Dec. 20 last year, but they converted just 13. The Braves outscored SIU at the line by one with five less attempts. The Salukis also got to the basket fairly well and pushed Bradley into foul trouble.
Bradley didn’t appear to have a dominant post player, but SIU held forward Tyshon Pickett to one field goal and two rebounds in 11 minutes. Pickett came into SIU Arena averaging 12.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. With one player over 6-foot-5, the Salukis grabbed 28 rebounds to Bradley’s 34. What hurt SIU the most was the Braves’ ability to get to the goal off the bounce when they needed to.
The effort was there. SIU won a lot of the 50-50 balls and caused Bradley some problems at both ends of the floor with its quickness. The Salukis trailed by as much as five in the first half and nine with 18:04 to play, but battled back both times to stay in the game. The home crowd gave them some added spirit, which SIU appeared to transfer to the defensive end. Unfortunately, the Salukis needed an A performance to win.