Ballst 37 21 58
Sillinois 38 28 66
Date of game: 12/21/2013

Recap: Southern Ill vs. Ball State

Carbondale, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jalen Pendleton scored 21 points off the bench, as the Southern Illinois Salukis defeated the Ball State Cardinals, 66-58, in a non-conference tilt at SIU Arena

Desmar Jackson added 19 points for the Salukis (3-8), while Sean O'Brien chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

Zavier Turner paced the Cardinals (2-7) with 15 points. Chris Bond and Mark Alstork each had 10 points, while Majok Majok tallied eight points and eight boards.

Ball State was on fire in the first half, shooting 68.4 percent from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. The Cardinals took a 38-37 lead into the break. SIU shot 53.3 percent on field goal tries and were able to shoot 11 more field goal attempts than Ball State.

Both teams struggled in the second period of play but the Salukis played a little bit better. SIU shot 39.1 percent from the field. Ball State shot 32 percent from the floor, including a miserable 1-of-14 from 3-point range. SIU went on a 10-3 run late in the game to seal its fate.

The Cardinals were plagued by 21 turnovers, while SIU committed just 13 miscues.

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