Starting fast to build an early 20-point lead, the Southern Illinois Salukis held off the UTSA Roadrunners 72-60 Friday night at the Sunshine Slam in Kissimmee, Fla.
With the victory, Southern Illinois improved to 2-0 on the season. UTSA fell to 0-2.
The Salukis surged to leads of 11-0 and 33-13 in the first half against the Roadrunners.
Southern Illinois continued to convert in the second half when Marcus Domask sank a layup to make it 45-27.
From there, the Roadrunners started to click. Lucas Barisic hit a three, igniting UTSA on a 15-0 run.
A steal and a layup by Byron Frohnen pulled the Roadrunners within 45-42 with 12:15 remaining.
UTSA also had it down to three seven minutes later when Barisic hit another three to make it 52-49.
But the Roadrunners’ offense sputtered again, and Domask, a 6-6 freshman, scored eight points in the final five minutes to put the game away.
Southern Illinois 2-0
Domask, in his first game against a Division I opponent, finished with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for the Salukis. Aaron Cook had 19 points and Barret Benson 17.
For UTSA, Jhivvan Jackson led with 32 points, while Keaton Wallace scored 11. Barisic finished with nine.
First half summary
Southern Illinois moved out a 39-25 lead on the Roadrunners at halftime.
Freshman guard Marcus Domask has done most of the damage, leading the Salukis with 12 points.
Guard Jhivvan Jackson has scored 18 for the Roadrunners, who were down by as many as 20 in the opening period.
The Roadrunners will take on Oakland, Mich., on Saturday before closing out the event against Delaware on Sunday.
UTSA opened the season on the road at Oklahoma on Tuesday night. After playing the Sooners to a halftime tie, they got blown out 85-67.