CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Kavion Pippen scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Southern Illinois beat Missouri State 75-70 in a Missouri Valley Conference opener on Wednesday night.
Pippen was 9 of 12 from the field for the Salukis (8-6). Aaron Cook added 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists, Eric McGill had 14 points on four 3-pointers with 12 rebounds and Sean Lloyd Jr. scored 11 points.
McGill capped a 12-4 start with a 3-pointer and the Salukis were on top all the way in the first half as they maintained their lead for a 39-31 advantage at the break.
Missouri State closed to tie it 46-all early in the second half but Lloyd and Darius Beane answered with 3-pointers to give Southern Illinois breathing room, 52-48, with 12:40 to play. The Salukis held the lead after that with a 3-pointer and five free throws by Cook in the stretch helping to keep them on top.
Banks, Lewis lift James Madison past Old Dominion 80-78
Darius Banks and Matt Lewis scored 21 points apiece as James Madison narrowly beat Old Dominion 80-78 on Wednesday night.
Walton scores 18 to lead N. Kentucky over Ball St. 59-57
Dantez Walton had 18 points as Northern Kentucky narrowly defeated Ball State 59-57 on Wednesday night.
Syracuse pulls away to defeat Cornell 72-53
Elijah Hughes scored 22 points, including 16 in the second half, Buddy Boeheim had 16, and Syracuse pulled away from stubborn Cornell in the second half, defeating the Big Red 72-53 on Wednesday night.