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Salukis earn big victory with buzzer-beater

Southern Illinois defeats a fellow bubble team on Stetson Hairston's putback.

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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2003


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Stetson Hairston tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer to give Southern Illinois a 66-64 victory against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday, ending the Panthers' eight-game win streak.

Officials reviewed Hairston's putback before determining the shot beat the clock, prompting fans to rush the court.

It was a critical victory for the Salukis (19-5), who are on the NCAA Tournament bubble and came against the Horizon Conference-leading Panthers (21-6), who also sought to impress the selection committee.

"The committee is looking for excuses to not take us," Saluki coach Bruce Weber said.

"We can't give them any more excuses."

UWM trailed 47-31 but cut the deficit to 50-44 on a layup by Dylan Page with 12:29 left.

It tied it at 52 on a runner by Ronnie Jones, capping a 21-5 run. With the score tied, UWM's Clay Tucker missed a 3-pointer, and the ball went out of bounds with 16 seconds left.

Darren Brooks then brought the ball up the court and missed a layup. But Hairston was there for the putback.

NO. 17 CREIGHTON 67, FRESNO ST. 66: Kyle Korver made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 for the host Bluejays.

Korver, who attempted a school-record 15 3-pointers, finished with 27 points and broke the school's single-season record for 3-pointers. He now has 105.

"I was pretty aggressive, and some went down," Korver said. "Don't give me too much credit. I put up 15 of them."

Korver's 3-pointer with 11:43 left gave Creighton, down 47-39 early in the second half, the lead for good. But the victory wasn't secure until Fresno State's Damon Jackson shot an air ball on a 3-pointer that would have tied it. Renaldo Major put in the rebound at the buzzer.

ILLINOIS ST. 57, MARSHALL 53: Gregg Alexander scored 14 of his 21 during the second half for the visiting Redbirds, who arrived at the arena two hours before tipoff due to travel problems.

Illinois State led by five at halftime and started the second half with a 16-5 run for a 43-27 lead. Ronald Blackshear then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 14-2 run to make it 45-41. Another Blackshear 3-pointer with 6:26 left brought the Thundering Herd to within 49-48, but they did not retake the lead.

W. KENTUCKY 84, BALL STATE 79: David Boyden scored 23 of his 27 during the second half for the Hilltoppers, who extended their home win streak to 35. Western Kentucky, which played without the suspended Nate Williams, led 36-35 at halftime then started the second half with a 9-1 run. Mike Wells' two free throws made it 51-38, and the Cardinals did not get closer than five after that.

ILL.-CHICAGO 83, BOWLING GREEN 72: Aaron Carr and Jonathan Schneiderman scored 19 as the host Flames defeated the Falcons, who played without three injured starters. Illinois-Chicago went on a 17-5 run during the last 6:43 of the half to take a 42-30 halftime lead.

NORTHERN IOWA 76, LA. TECH 71: Ben Jacobson scored 17 and David Gruber had 15 points and nine rebounds for the visiting Panthers. Northern Iowa led 38-32 at halftime after hitting 15 of 27 shots, including 4 of 8 3-pointers.

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