S. Illinois 62, N. Illinois 49
DeKALB, Ill. (AP)
Surles went 6 of 12 from the floor and sank three of the Salukis' four 3-pointers. Reserve Jeff Early added 13 points and Mamadou Seck grabbed 10 rebounds for Southern Illinois (2-5), which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Antone Christian's basket pulled Northern Illinois into a 35-35 tie with 13:52 left.
But the Salukis responded with their game-changing surge for a 52-35 edge with 7 minutes left.
The Huskies outrebounded Southern Illinois 38-31 but were done in by 29 percent shooting and 22 turnovers.
The Salukis have won 12 straight over the Huskies, with Northern Illinois' last victory in 1982.