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|Eldridge Leads ISU Past SIU-E
|EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Osiris Eldridge scored 19 points and Tony Lewis added 10 points and 11 rebounds as Illinois State defeated SIU-Edwardsville 82-60 Sunday.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Redbirds in their opener. Lloyd Phillips had 14, Kellen Thornton 12 and Dinma Odiakosa 10.
Mark Yelovich led the Cougars (0-2) with 14 points, and LeShaun Murphy added 13.
Illinois State never trailed and ended the first half on a 13-2 run which gave it a 43-22 lead. The Redbirds led by as many as 25 in the second half, shot 51.9 percent for the game and outrebounded SIU-Edwardsville 42-26.
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