SIU-Edwardsville holds off Eastern Illinois late, wins 76-74
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Mike Adewunmi had a career-high 25 points plus 11 rebounds as Southern Illinois-Edwardsville held off Eastern Illinois 76-74 on Thursday night.
Eastern Illinois got within four points on two free throws by Mack Smith with four minutes to go, then hit a 3 and followed it with three straight free throws with :326 left go get the Panthers within two, 74-72. Brandon Jackson answered with a dunk with :02 left and Smith knocked down a jumper with a second remaining to set the final margin.
Moore had 16 points for Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (7-19, 4-9 Ohio Valley Conference), which broke its five-game road losing streak. Shamar Wright added 12 points. Tyresse Williford had seven assists.
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville matches up against Southeast Missouri on the road on Saturday. Eastern Illinois takes on UT Martin on the road on Saturday.