March 16, 2007
2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship First Round
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
March 16, 2007
No. 4 Southern Illinois 61, No. 13 Holy Cross 51
- Tonight's game was the first meeting between the Salukis and the Crusaders.
- Southern Illinois is now 5-9 in NCAA Tournament games. Holy Cross is now 7-12 all time in the NCAA Tournament.
- Southern Illinois entered the NCAA Tournament ranked third nationally in points allowed per game (56.5 ppg). Holy Cross' 25 first-half points marked the 22nd game this season SIU has held an opponent to 25 points or less.
- While the afternoon session at Nationwide Arena featured games averaging a combined 173 points per game, the offenses cooled and the defense intensified when the sun went down. The evening session averaged a combined 109 points per game.
- Holy Cross was held to 25 or fewer points at the half a total of 10 times this season including tonight's contest. The Crusaders scored 19 points in the first half three times this season.
- Holy Cross entered the NCAA Tournament ranked sixth nationally in points allowed per game (57.1 ppg).
- Fourth-seeded Southern Illinois received its highest ever seeding in the NCAA Tournament in 2007.
- Southern Illinois has tied a school record for wins in a season, with 28 The 2001-02 SIU team also recorded 28 while reaching the NCAA's Sweet 16.
- SIU sophomore Tony Boyle set a career high in points with 13 in the victory over Holy Cross.
- Holy Cross freshman Eric Meister scored a career-best 14 points in the loss.
- SIU held Holy Cross to 33.3 percent field goal shooting in the game (14-42). SIU has held four other opponents to less than 33.3 percent this season (lowest was Washington (Mo.) at 18.6.
- SIU allowed just one 3-point goal in the game and held Holy Cross to 9.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc (1-11). It is the lowest percentage allowed this season by SIU.
- The Salukis got back on the winning track with the victory over Holy Cross. Prior to SIU's Missouri Valley Conference Championship loss to Creighton on March 4, the Salukis had won 13 consecutive games.