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(Saturday, February 23)
Final Score: Southern Illinois 74, Miami-Ohio 68 (OT)
Carbondale, IL (Sports Network) - Jeff Early recorded a huge double-double to guide the Southern Illinois Salukis to an overtime victory over the Miami-Ohio RedHawks, 74-68, in BracketBusters action at SIU Arena.
Early scored 31 points with 12 rebounds and three steals for SIU (12-16). Desmar Jackson was the only other Saluki to score in double-figures but had 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. It was the third win in the last four games for SIU.
Reggie Johnson had 18 points and six rebounds for Miami (8-17) which suffered its fifth consecutive loss. Allen Roberts added 14 points while no other RedHawk scored in double-digits.
After shooting just 38.1 percent from the floor in the first half, SIU trailed 26-25 at halftime.
In the second half the Salukis improved their shooting a bit and were able to get 11 more shots from the field than Miami. After trailing most of the second half, Early hit a jumper with one second left in regulation to tie the game 56-56 and send it to overtime.
In overtime it was all SIU as the Salukis shot 5-of-7 from the floor and knocked down both of their 3-point attempts. They outscored Miami 18-12 to take the win.
The Salukis hit nine 3-pointers in the game and forced the RedHawks into 17 turnovers.
02/23 20:20:22 ET
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