CARBONDALE, Ill.- In a wild game at SIU Arena, the Wichita State men's basketball team fell to Southern Illinois, 64-62, on Tuesday night.
Senior Demetric Williams led the Shockers with 15 points and seven rebounds. He shot 5-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-4 from behind the arc. Tekele Cotton added 10 points and Carl Hall had eight points and three blocks.
T.J. Lindsay had 14 points for the Salukis. Desmar Jackson and Jeff Early added 11 points each in the winning effort.
Wichita State came out on fire, jumping out to a 29-12 lead with seven minutes to go in the first half. Then Lindsay came off the bench and caught fire for Southern Illinois, making four 3-pointers and pouring in 14 first-half points. The Shockers then struggled scoring the ball, going more than 11 minutes without a field goal, committing eight turnovers and missing nine shots during that span.
SIU took its first lead of the game on an Anthony Beane jumper with 19:12 remaining in the game and held a nine-point lead, 57-48, with 5:45 remaining.
Wichita State came to life with a 12-1 run and had a 62-60 lead with possession of the ball and a minute remaining. Pendleton, a true freshman, knotted the game with a driving layup with 48 seconds to go.
The Shockers then committed a 35-second violation, handing the ball back to Southern Illinois with 11.1 seconds to go. Southern spread the floor, Pendleton drove into the paint and launched a floater that was swatted away by Ehimen Orukpe with 2.0 seconds left. Goaltending was called, and Southern Illinois had its victory.
For the game, Wichita State shot 22-for-47 (.468) from the field, including 8-for-16 from behind the arc. They also won the rebounding battle, 33-27.
After two consecutive games on the road, the Shockers return home to Charles Koch Arena on Saturday, February 9 for a game against Missouri State. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m.