CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jeff Early had 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and Southern Illinois won its BracketBuster game by beating Miami (Ohio) in overtime Saturday 74-68.
Down 56-54 and the clock winding down, Early hit a jumper with 1 second left to tie it at the end of regulation and send the two teams to overtime. He added a 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining in overtime to give Southern Illinois (12-16) a 59-58 lead and the Salukis never trailed again.
Desmar Jackson added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Salukis, which shot 44.3 percent from the field including nine 3-pointers and scored 24 points off 17 Miami (Ohio) turnovers.
Florida guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez has decided to leave the team after two seasons.
Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger has hired Carlin Hartman as an assistant.
Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes.