S. Illinois 71, Illinois St. 58
NORMAL, Ill. (AP)—Darren Brooks scored 20 points as Southern Illinois beat Illinois State 71-58 Wednesday night.
Southern Illinois (13-2, 7-0 Missouri Valley) took a 30-29 lead at the half and pulled away in the second half converting 14-of-26 from the field and 12-of-14 from the foul line. Illinois State converted 11-of-27 and 4-of-11 from the line in the second half. The Salukis bench outscored Illinois State’s 23-14. The Salukis converted 16 Illinois State turnovers for 18 points.
Southern Illinois got help from Stetson Hairston who had 16 points and 10 rebounds. LeMar Owen had eight points and Jamaal Tatum added seven.
Illinois State (5-10, 1-6) was led by Marcus Arnold with 18 points. Trey Guidry had 12, Vince Greene 10 and Neil Plank added three points and a game-high 11 rebounds.