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vs. InSt 
W 60-56
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@ Drake 
L 43-78
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vs. Brad 
W 80-77
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@ Ly-Il 
L 51-65
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vs. SIU 
L 48-55
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Southern Illinois clips Missouri State, 55-48

ST. LOUIS (AP) Deion Lavender scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds to help lead ninth-seeded Southern Illinois past eighth-seeded Missouri state 55-48 in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Thursday night.

Anthony Beane and Sean O'Brien each added 10 points for the Salukis (12-20), who will play top-seed Wichita State on Friday. Thursday was the fifth time in six years Southern Illinois has played in an opening round "play-in game." They are 3-4 overall in the first round.

After Missouri State's Dorrian Williams hit two free throw to cut the Southern Illinois lead to 45-43 with 3:20 to play, the Salukis scored the next five, highlighted by and O'Brien 3-pointer, to push the back to seven and put the game away.

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Leaders
Points: M. Marshall19.5
Rebounds: C. Boone5.4
Assists: D. Williams4.4
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: No qualifiers
3P%: A. Ruder32.7%
Steals: D. Williams1.5
Blocks: T. McCullough1.0
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky38-1
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin36-4
4 Duke35-4
5 Arizona34-4
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga35-3
8 Notre Dame32-6
9 Iowa State25-9
10 Kansas27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke35-4
2 Wisconsin36-4
3 Kentucky38-1
4 Arizona34-4
5 Notre Dame32-6
6 Gonzaga35-3
7 Michigan State27-12
8 Virginia30-4
9 Villanova33-3
10 Louisville27-9
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Missouri Valley Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
14 Wichita State 17-1 30-5
11 UNI 16-2 31-4
Illinois State 11-7 22-13
Indiana State 11-7 15-16
Evansville 9-9 24-12
Loyola Chicago 8-10 24-13
Drake 6-12 9-22
Missouri State 5-13 11-20
Southern Illinois 4-14 12-21
Bradley 3-15 9-24
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 59.7 (329)
Rebounds: 10.2 (218)
Assists: 11.2 (279)
FG%: 40.6% (298)
FT%: 73.1% (47)
3P%: 30.9% (309)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 64.2 (111)
Rebounds: 22.3 (281)
Assists: 12.3 (180)
FG%: 42.5% (148)
FT%: 70.7% (264)
3P%: 36.1% (273)
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