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Recap - Wichita State Defeats Southern Illinois 82-76

Wichita State got 39 points from Cleanthony Early en route to an 82-76 victory over Southern Illinois on Wednesday at Charles Koch Arena.

Wichita State won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 14.5-point spread.

Wichita State got 10 points from Ehimen Orukpe and another 9 points from Malcolm Armstead. Malcolm Armstead contributed 9 assists, while Ehimen Orukpe cleaned the glass with 9 rebounds.

Southern Illinois got a 28-point performance from Desmar Jackson, who was supported by 14 points from Anthony Beane, Jr.. Anthony Beane, Jr. had 3 assists in a losing cause for Southern Illinois, while Josh Swan grabbed 6 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Southern Illinois were victorious, as the score was 43-34 at the break.

Wichita State won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 37-28.