Niowa 57
Sillinois 63
Date of game: 2/27/2013

Recap: Southern Ill vs. Northern Iowa

Carbondale, IL (Sports Network) - Desmar Jackson led the Southern Illinois Salukis with 18 points as they took down the Northern Iowa Panthers, 63-57, in Missouri Valley Conference play at SIU Arena.

Jackson also pulled down seven rebounds for the Salukis (13-16, 5-12 MVC), who have won two in a row and four of their last five. Jeff Early contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.

Marc Sonnen led the Panthers (17-13, 10-7) with 18 points while knocking down four 3-pointers. Jake Koch scored 12 points and Deon Mitchell added 10 points and eight assists. Seth Tuttle grabbed nine rebounds as UNI suffered its second consecutive loss after a six-game win streak.

SIU dominated in the first half as the Salukis shot an even 50 percent from the field and went 5-of-10 from beyond the arc while limiting UNI to just 33.3 percent from the floor and 4-of-15 efficiency from 3-point range. The Salukis led 39-24 at halftime.

In the second half, the Panthers improved their shooting to 41.4 percent from the field and went 5-of-17 from long-range. They were able to outscore the Salukis, 33-24, but could not overcome the first half deficit.

UNI took 32 shots from 3-point range but hit on just eight of those attempts. The Panthers also had 16 turnovers which led to 17 points for the Salukis.

Game Notes

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