S. Illinois 89, W. Michigan 72

Carlton Fay exploded for 38 points to lead Southern Illinois to

an 89-72 victory over Western Michigan in a BracketBusters game


Fay went 10-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-6 from

3-point range, and 15-for-17 from the free throw line, scoring the

most by a Saluki since 1996. Fay scored 12 of the Salukis’ first 19

points and had 22 in the first half, which ended with Southern

Illinois ahead 52-37.

Kevin Dillard added 17 and Kendal Brown-Surles 12 for the

Salukis (15-12).

David Kool led the Broncos (14-13) with 21 points but shot only

4-for-19. Flenard Whitfield had a double-double with 13 points and

a game-high 12 rebounds, and Demetrius Ward scored 12.

After Fay’s jumper put Southern Illinois ahead 38-27 with 5:34

left in the first half, the lead dipped into single figures only

one more time, at 61-52 with 10:17 to go.