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Recap - Southern Illinois Defeats New Orleans 72-55

Southern Illinois got 27 points and 12 rebounds from Jeff Early en route to a 72-55 victory over New Orleans on Monday at UNO Lakefront Arena.

Desmar Jackson had 17 points for Southern Illinois and Antonio Bryer chipped in with 8 points. Kendal Brown-Surles had 5 assists for them, while Jeff Early was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 12 boards.

New Orleans got a 15-point performance from Cory Dixon, who was supported by 10 points from Corey Blake. Rarlensee Nelson had 6 assists in a losing cause for New Orleans, while Kevin Hill grabbed 4 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Southern Illinois were victorious, as the score was 42-26 at the break.

Southern Illinois won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 43-25.