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UE basketball travels to Carbondale on Saturday

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

The annual trip to Carbondale, Ill. is up next for the Purple Aces basketball team as they take on Southern Illinois in a 3:05 p.m. game on Saturday at SIU Arena.

Evansville got back on the winning track on Tuesday, grinding out a 73-66 victory over Missouri State.  UE posted just three turnovers which was the lowest in the Coach Simmons' era, besting the six done on four occasions.

D.J. Balentine scored 20 in back-to-back Valley games for the first time this season, posting 20 to go along with three assists and three steals.  Adam Wing finished with a season-high 17 points while Jaylon Brown and David Howard registered nine points apiece.

The Aces turned the ball over just three times in the home win over the Bears; it marked the lowest turnover rate in the Coach Simmons era.  UE's three turnovers were the fewest since Missouri State had three in a win over Bradley on March 2, 2013.

Great players overcome adversity and D.J. Balentine has done just that over the last few weeks.  A 6-game stretch has seen Balentine average 19 points per game while scoring 20 in back-to-back games for the first time in league play this season; he has also been more selective with his shots, seeing 36 of is 84 find the bottom of the net.

Adam Wing scored a season-high 17 points as UE was able to grind out a 73-66 win over

Missouri State.  He was 5-8 from the floor and 7/8 from the free throw line in his 29 minutes of action.  Since playing 16 minutes against Wichita State in his return to the floor from injury,

Wing has played better each time out.

Southern Illinois enters Saturday's tilt with a 10-16 overall mark and are 3-10 over the course of its first 13 Valley contests.  All three of their league wins have come at home, including a 65-59 win over Illinois State in their last home contest; their three home league losses have come by a combined total of just 13 points.

Anthony Beane leads the Salukis with 16.3 points per game and checked in with 16 last time out against Loyola.  Their leading scorer in Tuesday's 66-62 loss at Loyola was Deion Lavender, who notched 16; Jordan Caroline posted a double-double as he finished with 14 points and 11 caroms.

Provided by UE Sports Information Department

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