SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Adam Leonard scored 15 points to lead Missouri State to a 64-51 victory over Southern Illinois on Wednesday night.
Will Creekmore and Kyle Weems added 13 apiece and Caleb Patterson 10 for the Bears (14-3, 6-0), who won their eighth in a row and sit alone atop the Missouri Valley Conference. Weems had three steals, and Jermaine Mallett had three assists.
The Salukis (9-8, 3-3) got 18 points and 17 rebounds from Mamadou Seck. Carlton Fay scored 13; no other Saluki had more than six.
The difference came at the foul line. Southern Illinois outscored Missouri State 46-42 from the field, but the Bears made 22 of 28 free throws to the Salukis' 5 of 7.
Both teams had 31 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
An 18-2 spurt put Missouri State ahead to stay 28-14 with 7:19 left in the first half.
The Bears have won 18 straight at home.
Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.