EVANSVILLE, Ind.(AP) -- Matt Webster scored a game-high 26 points
in Evansville's 64-59 victory over Southern Illinois on Tuesday.
After leading 26-22 at halftime, Evansville (8-18, 4-13 Missouri
Valley) pushed its lead to 12 with 10:49 to play in the game. But
with 1:39 left, Wesley Clemmons' 3-pointer pulled the Salukis back
within 57-56. A 7-0 Evansville run down the stretch helped the
Purple Aces seal the game.
Bradley Strickland scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds
for Evansville. Shy Ely, who hit three free throws and pulled down
a crucial free throw in the game's final minute, scored eight
points and had two assists.
Southern Illinois held the Purple Aces scoreless for the final
1:13, but was unable to capitalize. The loss was the Salukis' third
in a row and second straight conference loss. It drops them out of
a second-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference.