For the first time in 4 years the Wichita State Shockers have lost three straight games. The Shockers (19-5, 8-4) lost to Southern Illinois (9-14, 2-10) 64-62 in Carbondale on Tuesday night.
Ehimen Orukpe was called for a goal-tend in the final 5 seconds of the game which gave the Salukis what turned out to be the game-winning bucket.
Wichita State started out strong in the game, building up an 11-4 lead without missing a shot. Then Demetric Williams' three with just under 13 minutes to play sparked a 17-0 run that put the Shockers up by 17 points.
That's when T.J. Lindsay started heating up for the Salukis. Spurred by Lindsay's hot shooting the Salukis went on a double-digit to nothing run of their own that cut the Wichita State lead down to three. The lead was then cut down to one when Desmar Jackson hit an NBA-range three-pointer to make it 36-35 Wichita State at the half.
Wichita State went nearly 13 minutes without a basket which allowed Southern Illinois to build a 6 point lead at the start of the second half. Wichita State didn't really get back into the game until the final 5 minutes. Off a steal Demetric Williams hit a bucket to make it a 3-point game. Then Malcolm Armstead connected on a triple cutting the Salukis' lead to 1 with just over 3 minutes remaining in the game.
The Shockers held the Salukis on their next possession and came back on the other end to take the lead. Cleanthony Early then drove and got the hoop and the foul to make it a 60-58 Shocker advantage.
Wichita State was set up perfectly to ice the game after a Southern Illinois turnover, but then Armstead and Williams turned the ball over near mid-court with just under 2 minutes left.
With the game tied at 60 Early drove down low once again. This time he missed his shot but Hall was there to tip it back in giving the Shockers a 62-60 lead with 1:07 to play. Jalen Pendleton easily drove the lane on the ensuing possession for the Salukis to once again tie the game.
The Shockers had the ball with a chance to take the lead but Armstead's shot was too late resulting in a shot clock violation and another turnover with about 11 seconds left.
Southern Illinois started its drive into the paint with 5 seconds left and Jalen Pendleton let his shot go. It was blocked by Orukpe but the referees immediately called it a goaltend giving the Salukis a 64-62.
Demetric Williams led Wichita State with 15 points while Tekele Cotton finished with 10. Lindsay would finish with 14 points for the Salukis while Jeff Early and Desmar Jackson each added 11.