Sean O’Brien scored five of his 24 points in overtime, Mike Rodriguez scored the winning free throw with 3 seconds left and Southern Illinois edged Missouri State 85-84 in OT on Saturday night.
Missouri State had a 40-28 halftime lead.
After Rodriguez put Southern Illinois up 84-79 with 6 seconds left in overtime, Missouri State’s Alize Johnson hit a pair of free throws. After Rodriguez hit his winning free throw, Johnson canned a three-pointer from half-court with .5 seconds left.
Johnson finished with a game-high 26 points. Dequon Miller added 15 for the Bears (14-9 overall, 5-5 Missouri Valley) and Jarred Dixon 14.
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O’Brien grabbed four of his nine rebounds in OT, and also had a steal. He finished 11 of 13 from the floor, and also dished six assists for the Salukis (12-11, 5-5 MVC), who halted a three-game skid.
Sean Lloyd scored 15 points, Thik Bol 14 and Rodriguez 12 for Southern Illinois. Armon Fletcher added 10 points with 11 rebounds, his first double-double.