CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Desmar Jackson scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Southern Illinois cruised over Missouri Science & Technology 96-74 on Thursday night.
Southern Illinois (1-3) pulled away in the second half, outscoring Missouri S&T 60-45 after leading by seven at the break.
The Salukis got to the basket often, scoring 60 points in the paint compared with 34 for the Miners. Missouri S&T committed 36 fouls in the game, and four Miners fouled out early in the second half.
Southern Illinois shot 58.3 percent from the field for the game.
Mudi Eruteya led Division II Missouri S&T with a game-high 35 points. Zach Ellis had 15 and Aaron Emmanuel added 11.
Southern Illinois earned its first win of the season, while the game counted as an exhibition for the Miners.