In a game that included 15 ties and 17 lead change, it was the last one the SIU men's basketball team cared about.
Kevin Dillard found Anthony Booker open under the basket with 1:02 left in overtime, and the sophomore forward scored the eventual game winning basket to give the Salukis (11-7, 4-5 Missouri Valley Conference) an 81-80 victory against Illinois State (14-6, 5-4).
Head coach Chris Lowery said he was proud of his team for battling to pick up the win.
"We won that game seven times, we lost it seven times," Lowery said. "We played above what was going on on the court, and that's a good sign for us."
Redbird's senior guard Osiris Eldridge missed three potential game-winning shots in the final 37 seconds to seal the win for SIU.
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