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World Vision Challenge - Southern Illinois Defeats Nicholls State 65-53 - Recap

Southern Illinois got a 21-point performance from Desmar Jackson, who added 12 rebounds as Southern Illinois ran past Nicholls State 65-53 on Friday at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Bettors who backed Southern Illinois were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 9 at sportsbooks.

Southern Illinois got 13 points from Dantiel Daniels and another 10 points from Jeff Early. Jalen Pendleton contributed 4 assists, while Desmar Jackson cleaned the glass with 12 rebounds.

Nicholls State got 14 points from Fred Hunter in a losing cause and another 13 points from Dantrell Thomas. Dantrell Thomas contributed 6 assists for them, while Fred Hunter had 7 rebounds.

Southern Illinois led at halftime, 31-24.

Southern Illinois won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 42-29.