S. Illinois 75, Bradley 72

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP)—Kent Williams scored 22 points and Jermaine Dearman had 20 Wednesday night as Southern Illinois rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Bradley 75-72, the Salukis’ 22nd straight home win.

The Salukis (13-4, 8-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference) forged their comeback by shooting 58 percent in the second 20 minutes and by cooling off the hot-shooting Braves.

The Braves (7-12, 3-5) got a stellar performance from Mike Suggs, who scored 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting and had 15 rebounds. James Gillingham added 21 points for Bradley, which shot 59 percent in the first half and 40 percent in the second.

Trailing 41-31 early in the second half, Southern solved Bradley’s zone by getting the ball inside to Dearman, Josh Warren and Sylvester Willis.

The trio scored 12 points during a 21-11 Saluki run that knotted the score at 52-52 with 9:59 remaining.

Gillingham hit a 3-pointer and then converted a three-point play—as Williams fouled out—to tie the game with a minute left.

Darren Brooks made 1 of 2 free throws to give Southern the lead with 49 seconds left before a shot by Suggs rimmed out. Brooks then hit two more free throws for a 75-72 lead.

Bradley’s Phillip Gilbert put up a 3-pointer from the top of the key that hit the backboard and bounced off the rim, and Bryan Turner grabbed the long rebound for Southern to secure the victory.

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