(7) S Illinois 77

(27-8, 15-3 MVC)

(2) Oklahoma St 85

(26-6, 11-5 Big 12)

    2:20 PM ET, March 20, 2005

    Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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    #7SIU 46 3177
    #2OKST 39 4685

    Top Performers

    Southern Illinois: J. Tatum 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Oklahoma St: I. McFarlin 31 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    No. 7 Southern Ill (27-7) at No. 2 Oklahoma St (25-6) 2:20 pm EST

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Ticker) -- While its two stars struggled mightily Thursday, Oklahoma State survived and advanced in the Chicago Region.

    The second-seeded Cowboys may need more from Joey Graham and John Lucas when they meet seventh-seeded Southern Illinois on Sunday in a second-round game.

    With a victory, Oklahoma State will move on to the Sweet 16 for the second straight time and set up a matchup with third-seeded Arizona on Thursday.

    Graham and Lucas combined for just 19 points - one more than their individual averages - in a 63-50 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in Friday's first round. Graham was plagued by foul trouble and had just one basket in 18 minutes.

    Oklahoma State led, 44-41, midway through the second half before closing the game with a strong charge, led by freshman JamesOn Curry and Ivan McFarlin.

    Curry hit a big 3-pointer to start the late surge and finished with 13 points. McFarlin scored 18 on 8-of-10 shooting.

    The Cowboys overcame their worst scoring effort since January 24 by forcing 17 turnovers and allowing the Lions just three 3-pointers.

    Stetson Hairston scored 13 points and Matt Shaw added 12 and seven rebounds in the Salukis' 65-56 win over St. Mary's on Thursday.

    Southern Illinois held St. Mary's to 33 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers. The strong defensive effort helped the Salukis overcome a difficult game for two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Darren Brooks, who scored 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

    A victory for Southern Illinois would give the school its third Sweet 16 bid and match the team's all-time record for wins in a season with 28.

    The Salukis hold a 3-1 series advantage but the schools have not met since 1990.


    School Info

    Conference Missouri Valley Big 12
    Nickname Salukis Cowboys
    Type Public Public


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