S. Illinois 57, Murray St. 53

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MURRAY, Ky. (AP)—Jamaal Tatum scored 17 points as Southern Illinois beat Murray State 57-53 Wednesday night.

Randal Falker dunked over two Murray State players to break a 50-all tie with 1:05 left, and Southern Illinois (7-3) hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.

Both teams used a physical defense to force a combined 33 turnovers.

Murray State (5-4) started slow, scoring just six points in the first 10 minutes. But the Racers came back to cut the margin to 25-23 by the end of the first half. They went on a 16-7 run to take a seven-point lead with 14:43 to play.

No Murray State player scored in double figures.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Southern Ill.
J. Tatum J. Tatum
5-17,  17 Pts
5 Rebs, 4 Assists
 Murray St.
S. Witherspoon S. Witherspoon
3-14,  8 Pts
8 Rebs, 5 Assists

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