S. Illinois 58, Kent St. 51
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP)—Randal Falker scored 16 points and had nine rebounds Saturday night as Southern Illinois ran its homecourt winning streak to 26 games by beating Kent State 58-51.
Playing at home for the first time in three weeks, the Salukis (4-3) also got 13 points from Matt Shaw, 12 from Jamaal Tatum and 11 from Wesley Clemmons in a balanced attack.
SIU led by two at the half and then held Kent State (5-3) to 20 percent field goal shooting in the second half (5-of-25). Jay Youngblood led Kent State with 15 points and Omni Smith added 13 for the visitors, who had a 36-29 rebounding advantage.