Domask scores 28, hot start leads Salukis past Drake 79-72

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Marcus Domask hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points and Southern Illinois used a big first half to defeat Drake 79-72 on Saturday for its fifth-straight win.

Eric McGill added 19 points and Barret Benson had 16 with six rebounds and five assists for the Salukis (13-10, 7-3 Missouri Valley Conference).

Domask two 3-pointers and eighth-straight points, followed by a three-point play and 3 by Benson for a 14-0 run that made it 25-13. Southern Illinois went 8 of 12 from long range and shot 56% to take a 42-39 lead at the half.

Although they cooled off to 45% in the second half, the Salukis went 5 of 8 behind the arc and 14 of 19 from the foul line. They had 18 more points on 3s and 14 more on free throws to hold off the Bulldogs after building the lead to 21 early in the second half.

Garrett Sturtz had a career-high 18 points for Drake (15-8, 5-5) and Noah Thomas added 13.