CARBONDALE, Illinois — Anthony Beane scored 31 points and Southern Illinois pulled away midway through the first half and cruised to a 75-60 victory over Drake on Saturday.
Beane made three 3-pointers, was 12 of 20 from the floor, and surpassed the 30-point mark for the sixth time this season. Bola Olaniyan added 12 points for Southern Illinois (20-7, 9-5 Missouri Valley), which shot 51 percent from the field and has won back-to-back games since snapping a four-game skid.
Kale Abrahamson had 15 points to lead Drake (6-20, 1-13).
Armon Fletcher made a 3-pointer to spark a 15-2 run, and Southern Illinois led 23-14 midway through the first half and built a 37-27 halftime lead. Beane scored 12 of the Salukis' 19 points to open the second half, and Southern Illinois led 56-45 with 10 minutes left and led by double-digits the rest of the way.