Salukis Fall Short at St. Louis

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By WSIL Sports

ST. LOUIS -- In each of their first three wins, the Basketball Salukis got off to quick starts. That was not the case Saturday night, as the Dawgs tasted defeat for the first time this season, falling 61-51 at St. Louis.

SIU came out cold from the field, digging a 15-4 hole less than seven minutes into the game.

Jeff Early kept the Salukis in it with 11 of his game high 15 in the first half. Still, the Salukis trailed 28-17 at the half.

Southern came out much more efficient to open the second half, scoring 13 points in the first four minutes to pull as close as five.

The Billikens quickly pushed that lead back to double figures, leading by as many as 17, before settling for the ten point win.

Dantiel Daniels scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Desmar Jackson added ten, but was just 5-16 from the field.

Dwayne Evans led SLU with 14. Rob Loe added 12, including 3-3 from three point range.

SIU played without two regulars, Antonio Bryer and Josh Swan. The school made Bryer sit for his part in a scrum Tuesday night at SIU-E that saw seven players ejected--Bryer and six Cougars. The MVC cleared Bryer to play, but SIU suspended him for one game, after SIU-E had suspended two of its players for their roles in the fracas.

Swan has had lingering foot problems, and said he was going for an MRI Monday.

The Dawgs fall to 3-1 and will host Fresno State Wednesday night, part of the MVC/Mountain West Challenge.
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