S. Illinois 71, Creighton 67
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP)—Jamaal Tatum had 18 points as Southern Illinois beat Creighton 71-67 on Saturday.
Tatum also had four rebounds for the Salukis (20-6, 11-3 Missouri Valley). Teammate Stetson Hairston had 17 points and six rebounds, while Darren Brooks had 10 points and six assists.
Southern Illinois led 37-30 at halftime and survived a second half Creighton (15-10, 7-7) rally to get the win.
With 7:12 remaining in the game, Creighton went on a 12-5 run. The Salukis held fast, however, sealing their victory with a jumper by Tatum and two free throws by Tony Young.
Nate Funk had 19 points and four rebounds for the Bluejays, while teammate Johnny Mathies had 16 points and six rebounds. No other Creighton player scored more than eight points.
The Salukis shot 47.4 percent while holding Creigton to just 37.9 percent shooting from the field.