Game One of the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament is in the books, with the No. 8-seed Indiana St. Sycamores defeating the No.9-seed Southern Illinois Salukis 66-51 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday night.
Indiana State (18-13, 8-10 MVC) will take on the top-seeded Wichita St. Shockers (26-4, 16-2 MVC) on Friday.
The Sycamores led by seven at the half before pulling away midway through the second half. Sophomore guard Jake Odum led all scorers with 17 points, adding eight rebounds and four steals, while guard Dwayne Lathan added 15 points and five rebounds. Senior center Myles Walker added 12 points of the bench on five-of-11 shooting. As a team, the Sycamores were 25-of-50 from the floor.
For the Salukis, senior forward Mamado Seck played all 40 minutes and had a team-high 14 points to go along with his game-high 11 rebounds, which included six on the offensive glass. Junior guard Kendal Brown-Surles had 12 points and guard Justin Bocot added 10 to round out the Salukis in double digits.
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