TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — Jake Odum scored 15 points and Indiana State overcame a halftime deficit to edge Southern Illinois 60-57 on Saturday.
An 11-0 run in the second half put Indiana State (20-6, 11-3 Missouri Valley) up 48-44, setting up a close finish as neither team led by more than six points the rest of the way.
Trailing 60-57, Southern Illinois (10-17, 6-8) opted not to foul on defense and got a stop with 16 seconds left. The Salukis missed two potential game-tying 3-pointers, before a timeout was granted with 0.3 remaining. But there was too little time on the clock for the Salukis to get a good look as Indiana State held on.
Khristian Smith added 10 points for the Sycamores.
Indiana State's last four wins have been by six points or less.