Bradley beats S. Illinois 79-63
PEORIA, Ill. (AP)—Sam Maniscalco scored a career-high 18 points and Theron Wilson added 17 to lead Bradley to a 79-63 victory over Southern Illinois on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
The Braves (7-5, 1-0 MVC) shot 55 percent from the field, including a 7-for-13 effort from 3-point range and 28-of-32 free throws. The Salukis (5-7, 0-1), meanwhile, were held to just 33.3 percent from the floor.
The Salukis were up 27-26 with five minutes left in the first half, but the Braves rallied for a 15-3 run to take a 41-30 lead into the break.
Kevin Dillard came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points for the Salukis, going 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Southern Illinois’ bench outscored its starters, 36-27.
Bryan Mullins was the only other Saluki in double digits with 11 points and six assists.