Balanced Effort Helps Salukis Roll Previous Little Rock in Season Opener, 94-63

Balanced Effort Helps Salukis Roll Previous Little Rock in Season Opener, 94-63

CARBONDALE, In poor health. – Southern Illinois rolled to a 94-63 season-opening victory over Little Rock Monday night time at Banterra Heart within the Charles Helleny Tipoff Traditional. It was the biggest attended home-opening recreation for SIU since 2014 with 5,199 followers within the constructing.
 
The Salukis led wire-to-wire with 11 totally different gamers hitting the scoring column led Lance Jones and Dalton Banks who scored 14 apiece.
 
“It was an electrical environment. The (workforce) fed off that vitality and our guys by no means let up – and the Dawg Pound was superior” Mullins famous after the sport. “Total, I believed we obtained off to a fantastic begin and I believed our effort was constant for 40 minutes.”
 

Southern (1-0) jumped out to an early lead thanks partially to a powerful begin from the opening tip, main Little Rock 11-2 earlier than the primary media break. Trent Brown, Marcus Domask and Jones all hit triples within the first three minutes, electrifying the Dawg Pound en path to the what could be a 24-point lead within the first half.
 
The Salukis put collectively the second-most factors in a half underneath head coach Bryan Mullins after a 54-27 rating on the break – practically surpassing the 56-point effort in 2020 towards Quincy.
 
Jones ignited an 11-0 scoring run within the first half with three-straight journeys with 3-pointers halfway by way of the primary half. The senior completed the sport with 14 factors and a team-high 4 photographs from behind the arc.
 
Domask was stable all through, going for 11 factors in 3-for-6 taking pictures whereas grabbing six rebounds and three assists within the victory.
 

Trent Brown scored six factors, together with a 3 on the buzzer to finish the primary half whereas newcomer Xavier Johnson dropped in six factors and 6 assists in his first begin.
 
The Salukis had loads of scoring choices within the recreation because the workforce picked up 51 bench factors in comparison with Little Rock’s 17.
 
“Our bench got here in and gave us an enormous carry all through the sport,” Mullins stated. “We had totally different guys step up on each ends of the ground. I am happy, I am glad for these guys, for the quantity of labor they’ve put in and to play in entrance of that kind of environment tonight – I do know they loved it.
 
Off the bench, Banks supplied an environment friendly 14 factors on 5-for-7 taking pictures to go together with 5 assists. Newcomer Jawaun Newton practically tallied a double-double in his debut with 10 factors and 7 boards from the guard spot.
 
Huge males Clarence Rupert and Scottie Ebube additionally shined for the Salukis down low. Rupert scored 9 to go together with eight rebounds whereas Ebube scored 9, had six rebounds whereas blocking a shot. Foster Wonders went for six in his debut, together with an ideal 2-for-2 from distance.
 

 
Total, SIU received the battle on the glass 48-25 with 10 totally different gamers corralling rebounds.
 
Little Rock was led by D.J. Smith with 21 factors in 9-for-16 taking pictures.
 
UP NEXT
The Salukis journey to Stillwater for a matchup with Oklahoma State on Thursday night time. The sport will air reside on ESPN Plus at 7 p.m. CT.
 
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