SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Anthony Downing scored 16 points and Nathan Scheer scored 15, going 5 for 5 from 3-point range, as Missouri State ended an eight-game losing streak by beating Southern Illinois 70-59 Sunday night.
Marcus Marshall added 11 points for the Bears (3-10) in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both schools. Missouri State shot 54 percent in each half.
Kendal Brown-Surles led the Salukis (7-5) with 12 points. Anthony Beane Jr. scored 11.
Scheer had three of his 3-pointers in the first half as the Bears led 39-32 at the break. An 11-0 run in the second half, featuring 3-pointers from Scheer, Downing and Marshall, put the Bears in front 58-46 with 6:16 to play.
Duke and Cincinnati, 2016 NCAA tournament teams, highlight the eight-team field for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
NCAA champion Villanova will play Notre Dame and Pittsburgh will play Penn State in the inaugural Never Forget Tribute Classic at Prudential Center on Dec. 10.
Florida guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez has decided to leave the team after two seasons.