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SIU-Edwardsville holds off Eastern Illinois late, wins 76-74

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Mike Adewunmi had a career-high 25 points plus 11 rebounds as Southern Illinois-Edwardsville held off Eastern Illinois 76-74 on Thursday night.

The Cougars trailed at intermission but took the lead for good on a layup by Zeke Moore with 17:35 left to play and led by as many as 10 points midway through the final half.

Eastern Illinois got within four points on two free throws by Mack Smith with four minutes to go, then hit a 3 and followed it with three straight free throws with :326 left go get the Panthers within two, 74-72.