ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After three losing seasons, Southern Illinois says it is sticking with its beleaguered basketball coach.
Athletics director Mario Moccia says the program will make changes involving Chris Lowery's assistant coaches but is keeping Lowery, citing his work over seven seasons in Carbondale despite the slumping records and home turnout in recent years.
The Salukis finished this season 13-19, narrowly falling to top-seeded Missouri State in the second round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Lowery just four seasons ago was among the nation's hottest young coaching prospects after guiding the Salukis to a school-record 29 wins and pushed top-seeded Kansas to the brink in a NCAA tournament regional final.
Since then, Southern Illinois has gone 59-67.
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