CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Sycamores came roaring back in the second half and drew within a possession in the final minute but Southern Illinois held on for an 82-77 victory inside SIU Arena.
ISU fell to 10-11, 5-4 MVC while SIU improved to 13-9. 5-4 MVC.
Jordan Barnes led the way with 23 points as he hit four 3-pointers in the game to give him 81 for the season, just 11 behind Michael Menser's school record. Brenton Scott added 16 points as he did most his damage driving to to the lane. Qiydar Davis finished with 12 points and Devin Thomas came off the bench to score 11 points.