CARBONDALE - Dantiel Daniels is feeling the heat in the middle of SIU's offense.
The 6-foot-6 freshman forward scored 12 of the Salukis' 42 points Saturday night against Wichita State. None of his teammates scored more than six in the 85-42 loss, the worst in SIU men's basketball history.
With Mamadou Seck largely ineffective and no one else able to step up to the plate at Koch Arena, Daniels became the Salukis' go-to player against the Shockers.
"He's the only one that showed up," said SIU coach Chris Lowery. "Obviously you see his stats. He's a good player. He's going to be a really good player for us, and we understand that, but we got to get everybody else on the same page."
Seck, by far SIU's most consistent player this season, made a short jumper with 15:14 to go in the first half but never got going. Seck played a season-low 13 minutes and scored a season-low four points in the Salukis' third-straight loss.
SIU's starters went a combined 11-of-24 from the field, as the Salukis tied their season low with 42 points.
Daniels made 4-of-6 from the field, 4-of-11 at the free-throw line and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in 27 minutes. It was Daniels' sixth game with at least 10 points this season. He might have had more if he hadn't regressed at the free-throw line. A 62.1 percent free-throw shooter entering the game, Daniels was 10 of his last 18 over the previous four games.
SIU (6-14) finished the first half of league play 3-6, good enough for eighth place. The Salukis get five of their last nine Valley games at home, beginning with Tuesday night's contest against last-place Bradley (6-15, 1-8 MVC). Tipoff at SIU Arena is sched-uled for 7:05 p.m.
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