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Benson, McGill propel Southern Illinois past Drake 66-49

January 19, 2020 GMT

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Barret Benson and Eric McGill scored 18 points apiece and Southern Illinois cruised to a 66-49 victory over Drake on Sunday.

Benson established a career high in points and added 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season for the Salukis (9-10, 3-5 Missouri Valley Conference). McGill hit 4 of 8 from 3-point range and added six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Lance Jones pitched in with 12 points and nine boards, while Marcus Domask scored 10.

Sophomore Liam Robbins paced the Bulldogs (13-6, 3-3) with 17 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Anthony Murphy scored 10.

Southern Illinois shot just 41% from the floor and 33% from 3-point range (8 of 24). The Salukis made 16 of 22 free throws (73%). Drake made just 35% overall, 16% from distance (4 of 25) and 64% at the foul line (9 of 14).

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