Southern Illinois holds off Western Kentucky 68-63

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP)—Kevin Dillard scored 17 points and had 10 assists as Southern Illinois defeated Western Kentucky 68-63 Monday night.

Carlton Fay added 17 points, Tony Freeman 12 and Gene Teague 10 and nine rebounds for the Salukis (12-7).

Steffphon Pettigrew scored 15 points, and A.J. Slaughter had 14 for the Hilltoppers (11-9), who have lost four straight.

Dillard finished three rebounds shy of a triple-double and secured the victory by scoring the final three points for Southern Illinois. He also set up Fay for a key 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining after Western Kentucky used a 5-0 run to pull within 62-60.

The game featured 14 lead changes, eight ties and zero fast-break points. The Hilltoppers’ last lead was 50-49 with 9:15 to play.

The Salukis led 38-33 at intermission after scoring the final six points of the first half.

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