Scores

Final

S Illinois 64

(5-3, 3-2 away)

Cent Michigan 54

(2-6, 0-1 MAC)

    2:00 PM ET, December 18, 2005

    McGuirk Arena, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

    1 2 T
    SIU 38 2664
    CMU 28 2654

    Top Performers

    Southern Illinois: J. Tatum 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Central Michigan: S. Barrett 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Southern Illinois 64, Central Michigan 54

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Jamaal Tatum scored 26 points, including 11 of his team's final 14, to lead Southern Illinois past Central Michigan 64-54 on Sunday.

    The Salukis (5-3) used a ball-hawking defense and crisp passing on offense to build a 36-17 lead with 2:48 left in the first half.

    Central Michigan (2-6) responded with an 11-2 run, fueled by six points from Drew Walker, to cut the lead to 38-28 at halftime. Southern Illinois pushed its lead to 13 points with 13:19 left in the game, but the Chippewas again made a run at the Salukis.

    A free throw by Justin Blevins cut Southern Illinois' lead to two points with 9:41 left, and the Chippewas came within two again when Eddie Spencer made a layup with 3:55 left.

    However, that was as close as Central Michigan would get. Southern Illinois went on a 9-1 run to end the game, with Tatum hitting a key 3-pointer.

    Bryan Mullins added 18 points for the Salukis, while Matt Shaw scored six points with 11 rebounds.

    Sefton Barrett led the Chippewas with 17 points, and Chris Kellerman scored 11 points with seven rebounds.

    The Salukis' defense forced 22 turnovers in the game, including nine by Chippewas point guard Giordan Watson.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SIU
    CMU
    Points 64 54
    FG Made-Attempted 20-44 (.455) 19-42 (.452)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-15 (.467) 5-10 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-24 (.708) 11-17 (.647)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 2

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