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.Jamal Tatum and Tony Young each scored 15 for Southern Illinois
(18-10, 11-6). Matt Shaw added seven points and 10 rebounds.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.