Early Leads SIU Past Missouri State

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By WSIL Sports

CARBONDALE -- For the first time in more than a year, the SIU men's basketball team can claim a winning streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Salukis (11-15, 4-11) won their second straight game in the MVC Saturday night, beating Missouri State 62-54 at SIU Arena.

Jeff Early led the Dawgs, scoring 20 points, including 12 in the first half. The senior also snatched three steals. Desmar Jackson added 11 points for SIU.

Missouri State (8-19, 6-9) scored two players in double-figures, led by Anthony Downing's 20. Christian Kirk pitched in 13.

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