After the No. 3 seeded Southern Illinois Salukis narrowly fell to the Northern Iowa Panthers, 61-58, in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Friday night in St. Louis, an emotional Barry Hinson took the podium one last time.

The six-year head coach at SIU announced his resignation after players exited the media room at the Enterprise Center.

"Last March, the chancellor and I made a pact that if we didn't go to the NIT or the NCAA [Tournament] that it would be time for me to step away," Hinson said.

In his 17 years as a Division I coach, Hinson never brought a team to the NCAA Tournament.

He spent 15 seasons in the MVC as he was with SIU for six seasons and nine seasons at Missouri State. Hinson stands fourth all-time in overall wins (268) and in MVC wins with 145.

The Salukis finished 17-15, 10-8 MVC this season with five graduating seniors.

Senior Kavion Pippen led the Salukis Friday night with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

KADE HEATHER is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @kade_heather 

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