A game that saw the SIU men’s basketball team lead by as many as nine in the second half against rival Creighton ended in disappointment in the final game in the pre-renovated SIU Arena.
The Bluejays made a dashing comeback in the second half and forced overtime, then outscored the Salukis 11-6 to beat SIU 83-78.
The Salukis (15-13, 6-11 Missouri Valley Conference) turned the ball over in their first three possessions in the extra session.
Head coach Chris Lowery said the team should have begun fouling Creighton with about a minute left in overtime when they were down by five.
“That’s on me,” Lowery said. “We had the wrong lineups in when we tried to press because we were trying to do some things with (freshman center) Gene (Teague).”
After scoring just four points in the first half, Creighton (15-14, 9-8 MVC) sophomore guard Antoine Young scored 18 points in the second half and overtime to help beat the Salukis.
Senior guard Tony Freeman said Young did a good job of keeping the Saluki defenders off balance.