Southern Illinois uses late surge to top Drake 78-67

DES MOINES — Aaron Cook scored 18 points, including five in a game-ending 11-0 run, and Southern Illinois rallied for a 78-67 victory over Drake on Tuesday night.

Reed Timmer’s layup with 4:19 left to play pulled Drake into a 67-all tie, but Armon Fletcher hit a pair of free throws with 3:09 left and Cook had back-to-back layups to carry the Salukis (15-9, 7-4 Missouri Valley Conference) to their fourth straight win.

Tyler Smithpeters finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for Southern Illinois, which outrebounded the Bulldogs 37-25. Kavion Pippen added 14 points and Fletcher scored 11 as the Salukis shot 51 percent from the floor in a game that saw 16 lead changes.

Timmer topped Drake (12-12, 6-5) with 22 points, while Nick McGlynn scored 12 with 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Drake lost for just the second time at home this season. The teams split the season series after Drake posted a 70-67 win on New Year’s Eve.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 78, DRAKE 67

At Des Moines

S. ILLINOIS (15-9) — Pippen 6-8 2-2 14, Cook 5-14 5-8 18, Fletcher 4-10 3-4 11, Lloyd 3-8 1-2 7, Bartley 3-6 0-0 8, Stradnieks 4-4 0-0 8, Gooch 0-0 0-0 0, Smithpeters 4-7 2-2 12. TOTALS 29-57 13-18 78.

DRAKE (12-12) — McGlynn 2-6 8-9 12, Timmer 6-13 7-8 22, McMurray 3-10 2-2 9, Arogundade 3-5 0-0 9, Rivers 1-4 0-0 2, Schlatter 1-2 0-0 2, Woodward 3-10 1-2 9, Gibbs 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 20-52 18-21 67.

Halftime–S. Illinois 39-32. 3-Point Goals–S. Illinois 7-20 (Cook 3-7, Bartley 2-3, Smithpeters 2-5, Lloyd 0-1, Fletcher 0-4), Drake 9-24 (Arogundade 3-3, Timmer 3-6, Woodward 2-7, McMurray 1-6, Schlatter 0-1, Rivers 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–S. Illinois 33 (Smithpeters 8), Drake 21 (McGlynn 10). Assists–S. Illinois 18 (Lloyd 6), Drake 13 (Rivers 4). Total Fouls–S. Illinois 19, Drake 14. Technicals–Arogundade.