Falker scores 17 points to lead S. Illinois to 74-49 win over Nevada

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP)—Randal Falker scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to lead Southern Illinois to a 74-49 victory over Nevada on Saturday.

The ESPN BracketBusters win was the most lopsided of the season for the Salukis (16-12), who have won four in a row for the first time this season.

Matt Shaw added 13 points and 8 rebounds for Southern Illinois, while Tyrone Green had 11 points—hitting 5-of-6 from the free throw line—and added four assists. The Salukis were 14-of-16 from the line as a team, hitting 4-of-4 in the first half. The Wolf Pack made just 7-of-13 free throws.

JaVale McGee, Armon Johnson and Marcelus Kemp had 12 apiece for Nevada (16-10). The team committed 21 turnovers and shot just 38 percent from the field.

Nevada jumped out to an 8-3 lead early, but Southern Illinois led 37-22 by the half. The Salukis led by as many as 29 points in the second half.

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 Top Performers
Marcelus Kemp Marcelus Kemp
5-14,  12 Pts
4 Rebs, 4 Assists
 Southern Ill.
Randal Falker Randal Falker
7-10,  17 Pts
2 Rebs, 0 Assists

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