SIU fires Chris Lowery

Updated: March 2, 2012, 7:20 PM ET
Associated Press

Southern Illinois has fired men's basketball coach Chris Lowery after back-to-back losing seasons.

Athletic director Mario Moccia announced the decision Friday.

The Salukis lost 66-51 to Indiana State in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Thursday and finished the season 8-23.

Lowery was 145-116 in eight seasons as coach. His teams made three NCAA tournament appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2007.

But the Salukis haven't been to the tournament ...

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