By the numbers
10 — Missed free throws by Indiana State on 25 attempts. The Sycamores made 10-of-18 in the second half.
11 — Missed free throws by SIU on 26 attempts. The Salukis missed 11-of-20 in the second half after going 6-for-6 in the first half.
17 — Points by SIU’s Jalen Pendleton in 24 minutes off the bench, a season high.
Stat line: 6-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from the 3-point line, 4-of-4 at the free-throw line, 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one turnover and one steal in 24 minutes.
Pendleton scored a season-high 17 points off the bench in SIU’s 66-65 loss at Indiana State on Saturday. The 6-foot-2 freshman, who was recruited by Indiana State, became a thorn in the side of the Sycamores’ 2-3 zone in the second half. His two free throws with a little over five minutes to go put SIU up four, 57-53. Pendleton also nearly made the game-winning shot, missing a baseline jumper from about 10 feet as time expired.
Stat line: 4-of-9 from the field, 4-of-9 at the free-throw line, 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, three turnovers and a block in 33 minutes.
Daniels scored more points against the Sycamores on Saturday than he had in his previous four games, combined, and turned SIU’s offense into some pretty formidable at the Hulman Center. In traffic all day, he missed five shots from close in, but gave the Salukis an inside presence it had been lacking for some time. Daniels also helped distribute the basketball, tying his career high with three assists. SIU had 12 assists all together.
Grading the Salukis
When you lose a game on the road by a point, you look at the mishaps first, but SIU had a lot to stand on believing it was the team that should have won on Saturday at Indiana State. Dantiel Daniels scored 12 points and handed out a career-high tying three assists. Desmar Jackson scored 16 points and tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds, and Jalen Pendleton was a strong contributor off the bench with 17 points. The Salukis failed to capitalize at the free-throw line, making only 15-of-26, but gave themselves a lead in the final two minutes. An Anthony Beane Jr. charging call in the final minute proved costly.
SIU didn’t help well on Indiana State’s game-winning possession, but did enough to win the ballgame on the road. Jake Odum got past his defender and didn’t have anybody else to beat before laying it high off the glass with 18.8 seconds to play. The Salukis outrebounded Indiana State by two, 32-30, and controlled forward Manny Arop and center Justin Gant with much smaller players. Behind its defense, SIU bolted out of the gates to start both halves, jumping out 17-7 to start the game and going on a 7-2 run to start the second half. The Salukis allowed R.J. Mahurin to score 16, almost seven more than his season average, and struggled to keep Indiana State off the free-throw line.
All SIU had to do was close it out, but Indiana State’s experience showed a bit in the Sycamores’ poise in the final two minutes. Indiana State trailed most of the game but came back to keep it close, and then finally take the lead for good in the final minute. The Salukis got some great performances Daniels came back to life a bit with 12 points and six rebounds, and Jackson was pretty strong in the second half but couldn’t get two stops in a row to get some breathing room late. Beane’s charging call, when simply running some more clock would have been advantageous, gave Indiana State plenty of time to figure out how to get two points.