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March 3,  2011       Southern Illinois Salukis guard John Freeman (34) hangs from the rim after slamming the ball in the waning seconds of the game. The Illinois State Redbirds played  the Southern Illinois Salukis in the first game of the NCAA Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday March 3, 2011 at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis.  Southern Illinois defeated Illinois State, 57-54.