S. Illinois escapes with 56-55 win over Drake

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Southern Illinois let an eight-point lead slip away but held on to beat Drake 56-55 when the Bulldogs missed a free throw with one second remaining that would have tied the game.

Two free throws by Kevin Dillard gave SIU (12-17, 7-10) a 56-53 lead with 12 seconds left. Dillard led the Salukis, who snapped a four-game losing streak, with 15 points.

Drake’s Craig Stanley cut it to 56-54 with a free throw with eight seconds to play, and SIU’s Ryan Hare missed a free throw with six seconds remaining.

Josh Young was fouled and went to the line for Drake (17-13, 7-10) with one second left. He made the first, but missed the second.

Drake had a terrible night shooting, hitting just 28 percent from the field and from 3-point range. Jonathan Cox had 17 points and Stanley added 14.

SIU outrebounded Drake 44-35, leading to a 17-4 edge in second-chance points.

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 Southern Ill.
Kevin Dillard Kevin Dillard
5-12,  15 Pts
4 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Drake
Jonathan Cox Jonathan Cox
6-12,  17 Pts
9 Rebs, 0 Assists

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