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Pippen with 23, Southern Illinois beats Missouri State 75-70

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) Kavion Pippen scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Southern Illinois beat Missouri State 75-70 in a Missouri Valley Conference opener on Wednesday night.

Pippen was 9 of 12 from the field for the Salukis (8-6). Aaron Cook added 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists, Eric McGill had 14 points on four 3-pointers with 12 rebounds and Sean Lloyd Jr. scored 11 points.

McGill capped a 12-4 start with a 3-pointer and the Salukis were on top all the way in the first half as they maintained their lead for a 39-31 advantage at the break.

Missouri State closed to tie it 46-all early in the second half but Lloyd and Darius Beane answered with 3-pointers to give Southern Illinois breathing room, 52-48, with 12:40 to play. The Salukis held the lead after that with a 3-pointer and five free throws by Cook in the stretch helping to keep them on top.

Ryan Kreklow and Keandre Cook scored 15 points apiece to lead the Bears (6-8).

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Missouri St. 6-8 313970
home team logo S. Illinois 8-6 393675
Team Stats
away team logo Missouri St. 6-8 70.1 PPG 34 RPG 11.5 APG
home team logo S. Illinois 8-6 68.0 PPG 36.5 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
30
T. Da Silva 14.7 PPG 7.3 RPG 0.8 APG 57.7 FG%
22
A. Fletcher 15.2 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.5 APG 52.2 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
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Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB