Indiana State slips past Southern Illinois 62-59
ST. LOUIS — Khristian Smith tipped in a missed Justin Gant jumper with 14 seconds remaining to give No. 2 seed Indiana State a 62-59 win over sixth-seeded Southern Illinois in the semifinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Saturday.
Desmar Jackson had a look at a 3-point jumper with 3 seconds left but missed as Gant had his hands in Jackson’s face.
Indiana State won the right to face No. 2 Wichita State in the tournament championship game Sunday. Undefeated Wichita State, now 33-0, routed Missouri State 67-42 in the other semifinal game.
Jake Odum, who made three straight free throws in the closing minutes, led Indiana State (23-9) with 20 points and Gant added 13.
Jackson, who made only 1 of 10 field goal attempts, made two free throws to pull Southern Illinois within one, 60-59 with 45 seconds left.
Anthony Beane had 16 points for Southern Illinois (14-19).