S. Illinois fends off late Missouri St. run for 67-63 win
ST. LOUIS (AP) Sean Lloyd Jr.'s 13 points led five players in double figures and No.2 seed Southern Illinois defeated seventh-seeded Missouri State 67-63 in a quarterfinal game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday night.
Lloyd's 3-pointer with 6:18 left gave Southern Illinois a 63-49 lead before the Bears climbed within a basket with a 12-0 run. Jarred Dixon made a jump shot and a layup while Jarrid Rhodes made a pair of free throws and two jumpers during the stretch.
Cook's layup made it 65-61 and Dixon responded with two foul shots. Cook missed a jumper but on Missouri State's following possession, Smithpeters came up with a steal and Lloyd laid it in with six seconds left to end it.
Rhodes scored 21 points, Dixon added 16 and Alize Johnson collected 11 rebounds.
Updated March 2, 2018