SLU surrenders halftime lead in 70-55 loss to Southern Illinois

December 14, 2016

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Armon Fletcher scored a career-high 21 points, Sean O'Brien had a double-double and Southern Illinois pulled away from Saint Louis 70-55 on Wednesday night.

The Billikens led 32-30 at the half but the Salukis used a 7-0 run with a Fletcher 3-pointer in the middle to take the lead for good at 42-38. Southern Illinois inched the lead up to eight but after Reggie Agbeko's free throw with 2:39 to play, Saint Louis didn't score again. The Salukis scored the final eight points.

O'Brien had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Thik Bol had 14 points for Southern Illinois (6-5), which shot 51 percent and had just eight turnovers.

Agbeko made 5 of 7 shots but was just 1 of 6 from the line, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the Billikens (3-7), who were 6 of 14 from the line.

Saint Louis had 21 turnovers, which led to 23 Salukis points.