SIU-Edwardsville 63, E. Kentucky 58

Jerome Jones scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Mark

Yelovich added 16 points and 11 boards as SIU-Edwardsville held off

a late Eastern Kentucky surge for a 63-58 win Thursday night,

sweeping the season series.

Derian Shaffer chipped in 17 points for the Cougars (9-16, 6-9

Ohio Valley Conference), who also beat the Colonels 80-74 on Feb.

4.

SIU-Edwardsville held a comfortable 57-43 advantage with 1:29

left when Eastern Kentucky used a 15-4 spurt, including eight

points by Jaron Jones, to get within three, at 61-58 with 8 seconds

left. After Jerome Jones hit two free throws, Eastern Kentucky’s

D’Mitri Riggs missed a 3-pointer.

The Cougars outshot the Colonels 44 percent (22 of 50) to 30.4

percent (21 of 69). SIU-Edwardsville was 3 of 13 from long range to

Eastern Kentucky’s 3 of 27.

Jaron Jones had 17 points and 14 rebound to lead the Colonels

(15-15, 6-9).