Mohammed leads Missouri State past Southern Illinois 84-59
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Kabir Mohammed scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures, adding seven rebounds and three assists, and Missouri State rolled to an 84-59 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday night.
Mohammed was 5 of 8 from the floor and free-throw line for the Bears (15-16, 9-9 Missouri Valley Conference). Gaige Prim came off the bench to score 14, while Tulio Da Silva and Keandre Cook scored 13 apiece. Lamont West had 11 points.
Freshman Lance Jones poured in a career-high 28 points, accounting for nearly half of the Southern Illinois (16-15, 10-8) offense. Freshman Trent Brown came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers, scoring 10.
Missouri State shot 54% from the field and 56% from beyond the arc (10 of 18). The Bears sank 22 of 29 free throws. Southern Illinois shot only 37% overall and 19% from distance (4 of 21). The Salukis hit 21 of 28 foul shots.
Missouri State avenged a 68-66 loss to the Salukis in the first meeting this season.