Evansville 64, S. Illinois 59

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.(AP)—Matt Webster scored a game-high 26 points in Evansville’s 64-59 victory over Southern Illinois on Tuesday.

After leading 26-22 at halftime, Evansville (8-18, 4-13 Missouri Valley) pushed its lead to 12 with 10:49 to play in the game. But with 1:39 left, Wesley Clemmons’ 3-pointer pulled the Salukis back within 57-56. A 7-0 Evansville run down the stretch helped the Purple Aces seal the game.

Jamal Tatum and Tony Young each scored 15 for Southern Illinois (18-10, 11-6). Matt Shaw added seven points and 10 rebounds.

Bradley Strickland scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Evansville. Shy Ely, who hit three free throws and pulled down a crucial free throw in the game’s final minute, scored eight points and had two assists.

Southern Illinois held the Purple Aces scoreless for the final 1:13, but was unable to capitalize. The loss was the Salukis’ third in a row and second straight conference loss. It drops them out of a second-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Southern Ill.
M. Shaw M. Shaw
2-8,  7 Pts
10 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Evansville
B. Strickland B. Strickland
7-9,  19 Pts
8 Rebs, 3 Assists

Team Stat Leaders

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