Southern Illinois vs Missouri State

Missouri St. 61, S. Illinois 53

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Marcus Marshall scored 18 points and Anthony Downing had 16 as Missouri State defeated Southern Illinois 61-53 Thursday night in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Christian Kirk added 10 points and eight rebounds for the seventh-seeded Bears (11-21), who will face No. 2 seed Wichita State on Friday.

Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane Jr. scored 12 points apiece for 10th-seeded Southern Illinois (14-17). The Salukis had won six of their last eight games after starting the conference season 1-10.

Missouri State used an early 15-2 run to go on top 23-15, and led 32-22 at halftime. After the Salukis pulled within five points midway through the second half, the Bears scored eight straight to go ahead 47-34 and led by double digits the rest of the way.

Missouri State hit 16 of 22 free throws to just 6 of 10 for Southern Illinois.

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Southern Illinois Salukis
D. Daniels, F213-41-35027
J. Early, C364-80-13238
D. Jackson, G294-94-401312
K. Brown-Surles, G230-10-00330
T. Lindsay, G212-40-02046
J. Pendleton264-90-15248
A. Beane, Jr.235-71-101212
D. Drinkard120-00-02010
D. Taylor40-00-01000
C. Belts20-10-00000
C. Long20-00-00000
R. Bonifield10-00-01000
Totals 22-436-102292253
 51.2%60% 
Missouri State Bears
C. Kirk, F385-70-080410
N. Scheer, F381-63-42136
K. Pickens, F283-71-13137
A. Downing, G386-124-732116
M. Marshall, G315-96-833318
G. Thurman130-02-23002
T. Aromona81-20-01002
M. Simpson30-00-00000
R. Carmichael10-00-00000
B. Marshall10-00-00000
D. Wilson10-00-00000
Totals 21-4316-222771461
 48.8%72.7% 
Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.17-130-517
N. Iowa16-231-414
Illinois St.11-722-1362
Indiana St.11-715-16190
Evansville9-924-12119
Loyola-Chi.8-1024-13123
Drake6-129-22269
Missouri St.5-1311-20247
So. Illinois4-1412-21278
Bradley3-159-24288
 
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