E. Kentucky 81, SIU-Edwardsville 65
Spencer Perrin scored a career-high 20 points and had six rebounds as Eastern Kentucky pulled away from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 81-65 on Wednesday night.
The Colonels (2-2) led 36-33 at halftime, and then shot 58.1 percent (18 of 31) after the break to increase their lead to as many as 17.
Eastern Kentucky, which won its 13th straight home opener dating to 1997-98, finished at 51.7 percent from the field (31 of 60). It was the first time the Colonels shot above 50 percent this season.
Willie Cruz scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Josh Daniel chipped in 13 points and five steals.
The Cougars (0-3) were led by Corey Wickware with 16 points and Nikola Bundalo with 15.
SIU-Edwardsville was 5 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half, but was limited to just 13 percent from long range in the second half (2 of 15).