ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Kavion Pippen and Sean Lloyd Jr. scored 15 points each to help Southern Illinois open the season with an 81-66 win over Winthrop on Friday night.
After Winthrop opened the second half with Anders Broman's 3-pointer to cut the deficit to three, Southern Illinois answered with a 13-3 run to lead 60-47 with 13:11 left. The Salukis led by double digits the rest of the way.
Lloyd's jumper with 2:35 left gave the Salukis their largest lead at 81-59 and Winthrop closed with the final seven points.
Xavier Cooks had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles who never led after the opening minutes. The Salukis led 31-20 in the middle of the first half, but the Eagles had a 19-9 run to close within one.
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