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SIU head coach Barry Hinson gives instructions to his players in the second half against Indiana State at SIU Arena this season. The Salukis went on to win 82-77.

ST. LOUIS — SIU men's basketball coach Barry Hinson finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year Award voting, the league announced Thursday.

Hinson, 98-95 in six seasons with the Salukis and 303-236 overall, led SIU to a second-place finish this year. It was the Salukis' highest finish in the Valley since they won the regular-season title in 2007. Hinson received two first-place votes, 21 second-place votes and 16 third-place votes for 64 points, one behind Drake's Niko Medved, who received 65.

SIU (19-12, 11-7 MVC) finished four games behind league champion Loyola and one game ahead of Illinois State (16-14, 10-8) and Drake (16-15, 10-8) despite losing preseason all-conference forward Thik Bol. Bol is redshirting this season because of a knee injury he suffered in late October. The Salukis played with a seven-man rotation most of the year, five of them guards.

Five players averaged more than 27 minutes a game and MVC Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Smithpeters averaged 25 off the bench. SIU lost starting point guard Marcus Bartley for seven games, backup guard Eric McGill for the last 21 games of the season, and backup forward Jonathan Wiley for 11.

Porter Moser, who led Loyola to its first MVC regular-season title in just its fifth year in the league, was named the conference's coach of the year with 40 first-place votes.

Moser, in his seventh year at Loyola, guided the Ramblers to their first outright regular-season conference title since winning the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1984-85. He became Loyola's first coach of the year, in any conference, since Gene Sullivan in 1985.

The Ramblers set a new program standard with 15 league wins, surpassing the previous total of 13 set by the 1984-85 squad. In December, Moser led Loyola to a 65-59 victory at No. 5 Florida, the program’s first win over a top-five team since 1984.

Moser became one of only five individuals in league history to win a MVC regular-season title as both a player and a head coach. With a 102-78 victory over UNC Wilmington on Nov. 24, Moser recorded his 200th career victory as a head coach. He also became just the sixth coach in Loyola history to steer the Ramblers to 100 wins.


(Coach, first-place votes, second-place votes, third-place votes, total points)

Porter Moser, Loyola 40 1 1 123

Niko Medved, Drake 4 21 11 65

Barry Hinson, SIU 2 21 16 64

Brian Wardle, Bradley 1 1 12 17

Dan Muller, Illinois State 0 2 5 9


Sports reporter

Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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