SIU Edwardsville holds on from the line to top IUPUI, 61-58
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) Burak Eslik converted a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to help Southern Illinois-Edwardsville ice a 61-58 win over Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Saturday.
Darrell Combs hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to get IUPUI within a point, 59-58. After Eslik pushed the lead to three points with his free throws, Combs missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
SIU Edwardsville struggled with 15 turnovers in the game, but outrebounded the Jaguars by 11 boards, 46-35, including 13 rebounds off the offensive glass.
Eslik was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line to finish with 13 points. The Cougars were a collective 22 of 31 from the line (71 percent) while IUPUI struggled, converting just 6 of 11 attempts (54.5 percent).
Caralos Anderson and Christian Ellis each contributed 10 points for SIU Edwardsville.
Matt O'Leary led IUPUI with 22 points and Combs contributed another 16.