Friday , Mar , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Shaw leads Salukis past Drake

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Matt Shaw poured in 19 points and grabbed six
rebounds as 11th-ranked Southern Illinois cruised past Drake, 71-59, in the
quarterfinals of the Missouri Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center.

Jamaal Tatum also scored 19 points and Tony Young chipped in 17 for the
Salukis (26-5), who have won 12 straight games and will play the winner of the
Bradley/Northern Iowa game on Saturday.

Southern Illinois finished 48 percent from the floor.

Klayton Korver netted 14 points with five boards for the Bulldogs (17-15), who
fell to 11-29 all-time in the MVC Tournament. Ajay Calvin had 12 points and
Nick Grant deposited 10 points in defeat.

The Salukis stormed out of the gate with a 12-4 spurt to start the game.
Drake, though, cut it to 14-13 on Korver’s three-pointer with 7:51 left in the
first half.

However, Southern Illinois held the lead and built up a 10-point advantage
late before Tatum drilled a trey as time expired for a 30-19 halftime edge.

Things remained the same in the second half as the Salukis led by as many as
17 before the Bulldogs cut their deficit to nine with 3 1/2 minutes remaining
on five straight points by Korver.

Southern Illinois, which led the entire game, went 17-for-21 from the charity
stripe the rest of the way to ice the game.

Game Notes

The Salukis own a commanding 49-19 advantage over Drake…The Bulldogs
finished 40 percent from the field.