Evansville 56
Sillinois 65
Date of game: 2/13/2013

Recap: Southern Ill vs. Evansville

Carbondale, IL (Sports Network) - Jeff Early recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Southern Illinois Salukis to help defeat the Evansville Purple Aces, 65-56, in a Missouri Valley Conference clash at SIU Arena.

Early led two other Salukis (10-15, 3-11 MVC) in double-figures, Anthony Beane Jr. and Jalen Pendleton, who had 12 points each, Southern Illinois earned its second win in the last three games after a six-game losing streak.

For Evansville (14-12, 7-7), Colt Ryan scored 21 points while knocking down five 3-pointers as the game's top scorer. Troy Taylor added 10 points and four steals for the Purple Aces who have lost three of their last four games.

After shooting 50.0 percent from the field in the first half, SIU led 31-30 at the break. Evansville shot 44.4 percent from the field but stayed close by hitting 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

In the second half the Salukis held the Purple Aces to 37.0 percent shooting and hit 14-of-23 shots from the free-throw line to hold on for the win.

Evansville scored only five points at the free-throw line off eight attempts while although SIU made 17-of-29 attempts.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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