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Southern Illinois' Aaron Cook shoots against Missouri State's Jarrid Rhodes in Friday's Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinal in St. Louis. The Salukis won, 67-63.


ST. LOUIS — Sean Lloyd Jr.'s 13 points led five players in double figures and No.2 seed Southern Illinois defeated seventh-seeded Missouri State 67-63 in a quarterfinal game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday night.

Kavion Pippen scored 11 points and Armon Fletcher, Aaron Cook and Tyler Smithpeters each scored 10 for the Salukis (20-12), who face Illinois State in Saturday's semifinals.

Lloyd's 3-pointer with 6:18 left gave Southern Illinois a 63-49 lead before the Bears climbed within a basket with a 12-0 run. Jarred Dixon made a jump shot and a layup while Jarrid Rhodes made a pair of free throws and two jumpers during the stretch.

Cook's layup made it 65-61 and Dixon responded with two foul shots. Cook missed a jumper but on Missouri State's following possession, Smithpeters came up with a steal and Lloyd laid it in with six seconds left to end it.

Rhodes scored 21 points, Dixon added 16 and Alize Johnson collected 11 rebounds.

Bradley 63, Drakje 61: Donte Thomas wrapped up his 13-point, 14-rebound double-double with a putback with 1.2 seconds left to lift Bradley over Drake.

Darrell Brown led the fifth-seeded Braves (20-12) with 24 points. He sank a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at 61 with 2:49 to play. Both teams had opportunities after that, but the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (16-16) missed their last eight shots after Reed Timmer's 3-pointer at 6:29 produced a 57-56 lead. Bradley had four misses between its last two baskets.

Bradley faces league champion Loyola in the semifinals on Saturday.

Drake, which hasn't played in a MVC semifinal since 2008, closed the first half with a 10-2 run for a 35-27 lead. Bradley scored the first 12 points of the second half to go up 39-35 and the biggest lead after that was six points.

Loyola 54, Northern Iowa 50: Donte Ingram had 13 points and eight rebounds, Marques Townes had 13 points and the game-clinching free throw with 2.3 seconds remaining and top-seeded Loyola held off ninth-seeded Northern Iowa.

Ingram's layup with 57.7 seconds to go had the Ramblers (26-5), who have their most wins since the 1948-49 team went 26-9, up 51-43. A putback by Klint Carlson at 48.1 seconds and a 3-pointer from the right wing by Wyatt Lohaus after Loyola missed the front end of a one-and-one, made it 51-48 with 30 seconds left.

Loyola again missed a free throw but UNI missed a 3-pointer before freshman Lucas Williamson got his only points of the game with two free throws at 10.8 seconds. Tywhon Pickford scored on a putback for Northern Iowa before Townes iced it.

Bennett Koch scored 20 points for Northern Iowa (16-16).


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