S. Illinois 56, Drake 55

BY foxsports • February 26, 2009

Southern Illinois let an eight-point lead slip away but held on to beat Drake 56-55 when the Bulldogs missed a free throw with one second remaining that would have tied the game. Two free throws by Kevin Dillard gave SIU (12-17, 7-10) a 56-53 lead with 12 seconds left. Dillard led the Salukis, who snapped a four-game losing streak, with 15 points. Drake's Craig Stanley cut it to 56-54 with a free throw with eight seconds to play, and SIU's Ryan Hare missed a free throw with six seconds remaining. Josh Young was fouled and went to the line for Drake (17-13, 7-10) with one second left. He made the first, but missed the second. Drake had a terrible night shooting, hitting just 28 percent from the field and from 3-point range. Jonathan Cox had 17 points and Stanley added 14. SIU outrebounded Drake 44-35, leading to a 17-4 edge in second-chance points.

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