Trent Brown starts a fast break without using his hands, the Salukis can sure shoot against the MEAC, and your Throwback Thursday are all a part of today's Saluki Basketball 5@5.
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No. 1 — Look ma! No hands!: SIU guard Trent Brown started a fast break without using his hands Wednesday night against Norfolk State. With about 13:25 to play, Spartan guard Steven Whitley drove on Brown toward the right side of the lane. After the first dribble, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound freshman got in front of Whitley, took a blow to the chest, and raised his arms to avoid fouling him. Whitley lost the ball for a moment, where Saluki guard Eric McGill picked it up.
McGill started a 3-on-1 fast break against 6-10 forward Efstratios Kalogerias and, amazingly, nearly turned it over (that's another Saluki Basketball 5@5 discussion). McGill passed to Lance Jones on his right, and instead of going in for the layup, Jones threw it back to his left, to McGill, who fumbled it. Jones picked the ball up on the baseline and threw it out. SIU, of course, got a Brown 3-pointer out of the deal when Marcus Domask turned down an open look on the right wing.
Brown's 3 put SIU up 52-39. See how defense leads to offense? Even if takes about five or six passes?
No. 2 — Salukis can sure shoot against the MEAC: Before SIU hit 14 3-pointers against Norfolk State, it set its previous season-high against another member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Salukis hit 10 triples in their win over North Carolina Central, the preseason favorite in the MEAC. SIU has hit 24 3-pointers against those two schools, and 39 against its other seven opponents.
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No. 3 — Domask wins camouflage hat: As part of Military Appreciation Night at the Banterra Center Wednesday, members of the military visited the SIU locker room after its win over Norfolk State. The vets awarded a camouflage hat to the MVP of the game, which was the freshman guard from Wisconsin.
Domask brought it to the postgame press conference and thanked the vets for coming out and supporting the team.
"I wanted to say, with the Military Appreciation (Day), I just wanted to thank them," Domask said. "They came in and they gave us this hat. Southern Illinois Basketball, we're just thankful for what they do, and we appreciate them coming out, and we're happy to get this win for them."
No. 4 — Southern Mississippi falls to Tulane: SIU's next opponent, Southern Mississippi (2-7), lost 61-56 to Tulane Wednesday night in its final game before hosting the Salukis on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles lost their fourth straight game but never gave up. They trailed by 12 with 2:37 to play, but got within three after Tyler Stevenson's dunk with 16 seconds to go. Tulane hit four free throws to close out the win.
Stevenson led Southern Miss with 10 points. The Golden Eagles, like the Salukis, have 11 newcomers this season and former Southern Miss standout Jay Ladner as a first-year coach.
No. 5 - Throwback Thursday: On this day back in 1978, the great Wayne Abrams grabbed nine offensive rebounds against Roosevelt, tied for the third-most ever in a single game in Saluki history.
SIU won the game over the Chicago school 116-63 in what was the Salukis' second game of the 1978-79 season, the first under coach Joe Gottfried. SIU finished 15-13 that season, 8-8 in the MVC (tied for third place). Abrams played in 109 games between 1976-80 and is 19th in school history in rebounds (557) and 16th in scoring, with 1,426 career points. Abrams is also second in school history in assists behind Mullins, with 465.
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