CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Even without Gene Teague, Southern Illinois University's men's basketball team had managed to domi-nate the paint.
Not so Saturday against Northern Iowa, which tripled the Salukis down low behind Lucas O'Rear's career-high 18 points. UNI scored 24 of its 72 points in the paint and repaid an earlier setback at SIU Arena with a 72-52 victory at McLeod Center.
"They shot 59 percent for the game," said SIU coach Chris Lowery. "They got easy baskets, and we had tough baskets. They exe-cuted. We didn't. We were in the wrong spots, offensively, all night. Guys were going to the wrong places, almost like we were brain-dead a little bit out there."
UNI (13-6, 4-3 Missouri Valley Conference) got seven points and seven assists from forward Jake Koch.
SIU (9-9, 3-4 MVC) got 12 points from Mamadou Seck, but six of them came at the free-throw line, and 19 from Carlton Fay. Fay, who hit the winning shot against the Panthers at SIU Arena, made two 3-pointers and 6-of-12 from the field.
Fay the flinger: Fay had another one-handed fling pass, and this time, it went to a teammate.
Fay, falling out of bounds late in the game, lost his balance in the left corner of the court before grabbing the ball and flinging it toward mid-court. Teammate Troy Long was there to catch it.
Fay saved a ball before hopping a few cameramen at Missouri State on Wednesday, although that ball was caught by the Bears.
Fay had three rebounds and 19 points in 30 minutes.
Taylor in: Diamond Taylor, who hadn't played in two of the previous three games, got in five minutes in SIU's road loss.
The redshirt freshman missed his only shot and had one turnover.
Back home: SIU returns home Tuesday with a date with Evansville (9-8, 3-4 MVC).
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at SIU Arena, where the Salukis will play four of their next six games.
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