CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) -- Sherman Blanford had 24 points, 13 rebounds and four steals as Eastern Illinois defeated SIU-Edwardsville 76-70 Saturday.
SIU-Edwardsville (8-15, 4-5) shot 45.6 percent, but was outrebounded 37-28. Kris Davis scored 17 points and Keaton Jackson had 16.
Eastern Illinois erased a nine-point deficit in the second half, surging back to take a 65-63 lead after two 3-pointers from Jake Verhagen. Blanford added a layup and Zach Dickerson hit a jumper to lead by six with 1:37 remaining.
Christian Salecich hit a 3-pointer to pull the Cougars within three, but Eastern Illinois sank their next five free throws in the final 32 seconds to ice the game.
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