Southeastern Illinois College Athletics


SIC Men's Basketball Off To Hot Start After Two Victories


Staff | 10/30/2023

PHOTO CREDIT: Tony Kendrick

The SIC Men's Basketball team kicked off their season with a bang, securing two impressive victories over Brescia University this week. The Falcons soared to a 113-79 win in their home opener at Deaton Gymnasium, followed by a hard-fought 80-76 triumph at Brescia University's Moore Center.

In the first game, SIC showcased their offensive prowess, with standout performances from multiple players. Jordan Mertens led the scoring charge with 19 points, shooting an impressive 77.8% from the field. Amari Wales contributed 17 points, displaying his three-point shooting accuracy by going 3-for-5 beyond the arc. The Falcons' teamwork and hustle were evident in their 43 rebounds, 30 assists, and 10 steals collectively. This well-rounded effort was instrumental in securing the convincing victory.

Player Stats - October 25 vs. Brescia

Jadyn McHugh: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Amari Wales: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Jordan Mertens: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Maurice Washington: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Bryce Conner: 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Charles King: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Parker Culbertson: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Wadang Wel: 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals
Joel Hortin: 2 points, 2 rebounds

Team Totals

Field Goals: 63%
Three-Point Field Goals: 50%
Free Throws: 95%
Rebounds: 43
Assists: 20
Steals: 10
Blocks: 4

October 28, 2023

The Falcons carried their momentum into the second game, displaying resilience in a tightly contested match. Jadyn McHugh shone as the leading scorer, recording an impressive 26 points, while also contributing 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Maurice Washington continued his solid play with a double-double, tallying 14 points and an impressive 10 rebounds. Parker Culbertson and Kaiden Kender provided crucial support, adding 8 and 7 points respectively.

Player Stats - October 28 at Brescia

Jadyn McHugh: 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Amari Wales: 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Jordan Mertens: 5 points, 3 rebounds
Maurice Washington: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals
Bryce Conner: 3 points, 3 rebounds
Charles King: 2 points, 3 rebounds
Parker Culbertson: 8 points, 2 rebounds
Wadang Wel: 1 point, 1 rebound
Eli Mackey: 1 rebound, 1 assist

Team Totals

Field Goals: 46%
Three-Point Field Goals: 27%
Free Throws: 64%
Rebounds: 47
Assists: 18
Steals: 4
Blocks: 8

The SIC Men's Basketball team demonstrated exceptional teamwork, skill, and determination to secure the two early-season victories. Head Coach Sam Swinford look forwards to building on this success as they continue their journey through the season. "The first wins are always the hardest to get. I'm proud of our group and the effort they have put into our preparation through these first few months on campus to put us in a position to win early. We are excited to get back to work and hope to continue to see results throughout."

Congratulations to the Falcons on an outstanding start!