CARBONDALE, Ill. — Jalen Pendleton had a steal and made two free throws with 6 seconds left in overtime to secure an 81-76 win for Southern Illinois against Loyola of Chicago on Saturday.
Anthony Beane’s jumper with 23 seconds left broke a tie at 76 before Pendleton’s critical steal. Desmar Jackson added a free throw with 1 second left.
The Salukis reached OT when freshman Tyler Smithpeters made two free throws, with a Loyola timeout in-between, with 1 second left to force overtime.
Beane finished with a career-high 27 points for SIU (8-15, 4-6 Missouri Valley) and Desmar Jackson had 20, five assists and six steals. Bola Olaniyan had a career-high 14 rebounds.
Milton Doyle had 27 for the Ramblers (8-14, 3-7), with Jeff White adding 16 and Christian Thomas 15.
Southern Illinois went 21 of 29 from the line in the second half; Loyola was just 13 of 20 for the game.