Lisch scores 20 to lead Saint Louis past Southern Illinois, 56-51

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ST. LOUIS (AP)—Kevin Lisch scored eight of his 20 points in the closing minutes and Saint Louis closed the game with a 13-0 run to beat Southern Illinois 56-51 Saturday night.

Tommie Liddell III scored 16 points for Saint Louis (7-5), which shot 11-of-16 from the floor in the second half to end a two-game losing streak.

Southern Illinois (4-4) seemed to have a comfortable lead at 51-43 after Matt Shaw hit a 3-pointer, but Lisch answered with his own 3-pointer, then went 5-of-6 on free throws down the stretch to help the Billikens win for the fifth time in six home games.

Shaw led Southern Illinois with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Randal Falker added 12.

The game feature numerous big runs, including a 16-3 second-half spurt by Southern Illinois that gave the Salukis their largest lead at 48-39.

Saint Louis used an 8-0 run, capped by Danny Brown’s acrobatic shot, to end the first half with a 24-23 lead.

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 Southern Ill.
M. Shaw M. Shaw
7-11,  21 Pts
4 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Saint Louis
K. Lisch K. Lisch
6-10,  20 Pts
2 Rebs, 4 Assists

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