S. Illinois 66, Illinois St. 59
NORMAL, Ill. (AP)—Jamaal Tatum had 15 points and three other starters scored in double digits Wednesday to lead Southern Illinois to a 66-59 victory over Illinois State.
Southern Illinois (21-6, 12-3 Missouri Valley) led 30-24 at halftime. Darren Brooks had 13 points, Matt Shaw scored 12 and Stetson Hairston chipped in 11 to help keep the Salukis at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Sloppy play by Illinois State (16-9, 8-7) was a factor, with Southern Illinois scoring 17 points on turnovers. Illinois State—which lost its seventh in a row to the Salukis—scored just two points on turnovers.
The Salukis held Illinois State to just 36.8 percent shooting while making 43.6 percent of their field goals.
The Redbirds were led in scoring by Lorenzo Gordon, who had 13. Gregg Alexander had 12 and Trey Guidry added 11.