Local Teams

National Basketball Association
Southern Illinois 76, Butler 73
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, December 21, 2020
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Officials: # Pat Driscoll, # Earl Walton, # Tony Henderson
Attendance: 1412

Marcus Domask pumped in a game-high 26 points Monday night and Southern Illinois improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2003-04 with a 76-73 nonconference win at Butler.

Trent Brown added a career-high 21 for the Salukis, including a critical 4-point play with 2:10 remaining that gave them a 71-63 advantage. Lance Jones scored 11 points and dished out five assists as SIU canned 54.7 percent from the field, including 9 of 19 from the 3-point line.

Chuck Harris scored 22 points and doled out six assists for the Bulldogs (1-3), which played without starting point guard Aaron Thompson (knee) for the second straight game. Bryce Golden added 17 points, Bryce Nze chipped in a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double and Myles Tate contributed 12 points.

Butler trailed by 18 points with just under 16 minutes left, but chopped its deficit down to 76-73 on Golden's layup with 18.1 seconds remaining. A turnover gave the Bulldogs a chance to force overtime, but JaKobe Coles' 3-pointer under heavy guarding clanged off the side of the rim and Jones rebounded as time expired.

The game was arranged with three days' notice after both teams saw multiple games wiped out because of the ongoing pandemic.

Playing its third game in five nights after a three-week layoff due to COVID-19, Butler came out of the gate flying. Jair Bolden knocked down a couple of quick 3-pointers, including one from about 30 feet with the shot clock running down, as the Bulldogs took a 19-11 lead just under 6 1/2 minutes into the game.

The first half's remainder was all Southern Illinois, beginning with Domask's driving layup high off the glass. The Salukis put together a stunning 26-2 run over 11-plus minutes, executing confidently on offense and building a wall around the bucket on defense.

When Domask converted a turnover into a layup, SIU led 37-21 with 1:55 left. Butler got a layup and free throw from Golden in the final 90 seconds, but the Salukis still took a 37-24 advantage into halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Southern Illinois   Butler
Marcus Domask 26 Scoring Chuck Harris 22
Lance Jones 5 Assists Chuck Harris 6
Kyler Filewich 5 Rebounds Bryce Nze 11
Dalton Banks 2 Free Throws Made Bryce Golden 5
Dalton Banks 2 Steals Myles Tate 2
Kyler Filewich 1 Blocks Jair Bolden 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Southern Illinois 76 54.7 9-19 9-14 13 20 1 7 10
Butler 73 45.6 8-22 13-17 17 32 5 5 13