TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The SIU Salukis men’s basketball team fell on the road to No. 20 Alabama 74-63 Saturday afternoon in a charity exhibition game inside Foster Auditorium.
Six Salukis scored seven or more points in the balanced scoring attack led by returner Dalton Banks (4-of-5) and newcomer AJ Ferguson (4-of-7) who dropped in 10 points each.
Marcus Domask scored nine points while grabbing five rebounds while Lance Jones added nine while swiping three steals in 21 minutes of action. Redshirt freshman Foster Wonders shot 3-for-4 with a pair of triples for eight points.
Alabama won the battle on the glass, outrebounding SIU 46-29 in the game, including a 19-8 advantage on the offensive boards. The Crimson Tide converted their 19 offensive rebounds to 14 second-chance points.
Southern closed the game on a 12-2 run with Wonders knocking down a pair of shots from behind the arc and Jones getting to the rim twice and dropping in four points during the stretch.
SIU held the Crimson Tide to 41 percent shooting (26-of-63) overall and 3-for-22 from deep over the game. The Salukis stepped up the defense late, holding Alabama scoreless in the final 3:38 of action while forcing four turnovers during that time.
Brandon Miller led the Crimson Tide with 14 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
Salukis open season against Little Rock
The Salukis open the regular season against Little Rock on Nov. 7 at Banterra Center. A limited amount of discounted tickets are available in section 113 and can be purchased by visiting SIUSalukis.com/PackThePound.
Season tickets are available now
Season tickets are on sale now, with prices beginning as low as $125. For more information, fans can call the SIU Ticket Office at (877) SALUKIS.