S. Illinois 82, Alabama St. 63

Kevin Dillard’s 19 points keyed Southern Illinois’ 82-63 romp

over Alabama State on Saturday.

Nick Evans scored 14 points – all in the second half – and Tony

Freeman and Anthony Booker added 12 apiece for the Salukis (5-2),

who shot a blistering 60.8 percent (31 of 51).

Menji Mundadi led the Hornets (1-6), hitting 9 of 15 shots,

including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and all five free throws for a

game-high 29 points. But Tramayne Moorer, with 12, was the only

other Alabama State player in double figures.

Alabama State led 6-2 before Southern Illinois launched a 15-0

assault to grab a 17-6 advantage with 12:15 left in the first


Tramaine Butler’s 3-pointer with 7:02 left cut the gap to 24-23,

but the Salukis led 40-31 at intermission, and after Evans’ jumper

to open the second half made it 42-31, the Hornets never got within

double digits.