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Basketball Salukis play through shorthanded roster

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CARBONDALE -- Although the season has just passed the halfway mark, it has already been a long season for the Basketball Salukis.

"I don't think teams have seen us completely play a full game. Mainly just because, we don't have all our guys. We get going and then something happens, so it's been tough for us, but you got to fight through it," said SIU sophomore guard Aaron Cook.

With Thik Bol, Jonathan Wiley, and Eric McGill likely out for the rest of the season, that leaves the Salukis with just nine players, and having to practice shorthanded.

"We really haven't gone 5-on-5 in a long time, but practices are still intense. We still have to focus in, get ready for the next team, because every game in The Valley is a tough game," said Cook.

"The only time we can go live is if we have 4-on-4. It's tough because there's always that extra guy out there, but you just got to get used to it, and you got to play through it," said SIU senior guard Tyler Smithpeters.

The team has looked to staff members to fill the empty spots on the practice court.

"We haven't even had enough to practice in the last few practices, but our guys attitudes have been great. Our managers have stepped in a done a pretty good job of filling that void. It's just one of those things, where you deal with adversity like that, you just really come together as a team, and try to overcome it, and so far we've done a good job," said SIU assistant coach Anthony Beane, Sr.

And when it comes to game time, the remaining nine know they need to focus in and execute.

"Everybody's got to step up. Everybody has to do their role. I think once we get to that point where everybody does step up, we'll be fine," said Smithpeters.

"It's always tough on me and the other guys, but at the same time, we know, we're all we have left," said Cook.

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