Harvey scores 24 to lead Southern Illinois past Bradley 73-63 in MVC Tournament

Ben Harvey (10) scored a team-high 24 points in Southern Illinois' win over Bradley.

ST. LOUIS — Ben Harvey had a season-high 24 points as ninth-seeded Southern Illinois got past eighth-seeded Bradley 73-63 in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney on Thursday.

The Salukis face top-seeded, and 20th-ranked, Loyola Chicago in the first quarterfinal game on Friday.

Southern Illinois went 8 for 16 on 3-pt shots in the first half and led 38-32 at the break.

Trent Brown had 13 points for Southern Illinois (12-13). Kyler Filewich added 12 points, and Steven Verplancken Jr. had 10 points.

Rienk Mast scored a career-high 24 points and had 10 rebounds for the Braves (12-16). Sean East II added 16 points. Ville Tahvanainen had six rebounds.