CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Osiris Eldridge scored 27 points to lead Illinois State to a 57-49 defeat over Southern Illinois on Saturday, clinching the No. 2 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Eldridge carried the Redbirds (22-8, 13-5 MVC) throughout the contest as he shot the team into a 16-9 early lead. He connected four times from beyond the 3-point arc and hit 5-of-8 free throws.
Southern Illinois (17-13, 11-7 MVC) couldn't respond to Eldridge's output, despite senior Randal Falker's 18-point, 14-rebound effort. The Salukis were held to 31.6 percent from the field and just 4-of-24 from beyond the 3-point line.
Falker cut the lead to four with a late layup, but Illinois State responded from the free throw line, solidifying its 20-for-29 effort from the stripe.
Falker was the only double-digit scorer for Southern Illinois.
FIBA U16 standout Jeremy Sochan commits to Baylor
Jeremy Sochan, gold medalist and MVP of last summer's FIBA U16 European Championship B, has committed to Baylor, he told ESPN on Thursday.
Incoming Duke freshman Jalen Johnson reaches back for monster slam
Five-star prospect and future Duke Blue Devil Jalen Johnson shows off his athleticism, leaping high to throw down a thunderous alley-oop jam.
National Association of Basketball Coaches wants SAT and ACT eliminated as an eligibility requirement for college players
Calling them "longstanding forces of institutional racism," the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Thursday proposed permanently eliminating SAT and ACT requirements as part of the NCAA's initial eligibility process.