CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jalen Pendleton scored 21 points to lead Southern Illinois to a 66-58 victory over Ball State Saturday.
Desmar Jackson also had 19 points for Southern Illinois (3-8).
There were 19 lead changes and 11 ties in the game. The Salukis held a slim 38-37 advantage at the break.
Jackson hit a 3-pointer to open the second period. Anthony Bean had a layup and free throw to stretch the lead to 44-37. The Cardinals came back to tie the score at 44 on a Majok Majok free throw with 15:26 remaining in the game.
Ball State (2-7) trailed 58-57 after Mark Alstork made two free throws with 3:53 remaining. The Salukis then scored seven unanswered points as Jackson made four free throws and Pendelton had a jumper and a free throw to stretch the lead to 65-57 with 17 seconds remaining.
Zavier Turner had 15 points for Ball State.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.