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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 19, 8:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dunn Center (7,275) -- Clarksville, Tennessee. Television: None. Home Record: SIU 0-1, APSU 1-0. Away Record: SIU 0-1, APSU 0-1. Neutral Record: SIU 0-0, APSU 0-0. Conference Record: SIU 0-0, APSU 0-0. Series Record: Southern Illinois leads, 9-5.
GAME NOTES: The Southern Illinois Salukis will take aim at their first win of the campaign as they journey to the Dunn Center for a non-conference bout against the Austin Peay Governors.
After opening up their season with a pair of very difficult opponents, the Salukis will head to Tennessee with an 0-2 record. Southern Illinois began its campaign with a 72-59 loss at Missouri before being defeated, 76-67, by Saint Louis at home on Saturday. Coach Barry Hinson has never faced Austin Peay before, but he owns a 5-2 record versus current members of the Ohio Valley Conference. SIU jumped out to a 13-point lead over the Billikens in its last outing with just over five minutes left in the first half, but the defending Atlantic 10 champions stormed back before the break and stayed in front of the Salukis the rest of the way.
Coach Dave Loos' Governors improved to 1-0 with a rout of NCCAA foe Oakland City, but is winless versus Division I opposition after falling, 95-69, at Memphis in their season opener at FedExForum. Now in his 24th season at the helm of the program, Loos has amassed a 372-334 record over the course of his tenure in Clarksville. Only eight of those victories came last season though, which was the second fewest total the program has tallied since he claimed his spot on the bench. Loos was also the school's athletic director until April, when he announced he would step down to focus solely on turning the program around.
This will be the 15th meeting in history between these schools, but just the second encounter in the last 18 years. SIU defeated the Governors, 72-65, at home in 2010 to improve to 9-5 in its all-time series versus APSU.
SIU has gone into the intermission trailing by one in both of its games this season, but it has been outscored, 76-56, in the second half. The Salukis fed off the energy of their home crowd on Saturday in the early stages and hit on 52 percent of their shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes. However, they converted only 38.7 percent of their field goal tries and missed all seven of their attempts from beyond the arc in the second stanza against SLU. Desmar Jackson has been the go-to-guy on the offensive end and netted 17.5 points per game. Sophomore guard Jalen Pendleton added 14 points to provide a spark off the bench versus the Billikens, while Marcus Fillyaw was nearly perfect, finishing 8-of-9 from the floor en route to 17 points.
APSU was efficient from inside the arc versus the nationally-ranked Tigers as it connected on 25-of-49 of its two-point field-goal attempts. However, it could not keep up as it went 4-of-14 from 3-point range and also just 7-of-19 at the free-throw line. Ed Dyson paced the team with 11 points in 22 minutes of action while Zavion Williams and Chris Freemen chipped in 10 points apiece. The Governors were overmatched athletically by Memphis, which resulted with them committed 22 turnovers that were converted into 27 points by the end of the contest. Dyson is the only player with back-to-back double-digit scoring outings for the Governors.
These non-conference opponents seem to be evenly matched in the early season. SIU could pull away for an easy win if Jackson finds a way to be more efficient, but APSU has a pair of seniors in Travis Betran and Will Triggs, who have underachieved after being named to the Preseason All-OVC squad.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southern Illinois 71, Austin Peay 70
11/19 10:54:18 ET