Southeast Missouri State comes back to beat W. Illinois
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Antonius Cleveland had 20 points, six rebounds and three blocks to help Southeast Missouri State sneak by Western Illinois 74-71 on Wednesday night.
Milos Vranes added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Redhawks (2-1). Trey Kellum scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Western Illinois had a 12-point lead midway through the second half. But a Vranes' 3-pointer tied it at 67 with 2:12 remaining. Two Denzel Mahoney free throws on the Redhawks' (2-1) next possession gave them a 2-point lead which they pushed to four.
Dalan Ancrum's jumper cut the Leathernecks' deficit to 73-71, but another Mahoney free throw pushed it 74-71 with two seconds to play. Western Illinois (1-2) had a final possession, but Ancrum turned it over.
Jabari Sandifer and Garret Covington each scored 19 points for the Leathernecks.