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November 19, 2013

Penny leads DePaul to win

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The Blue Devils (3-1) never trailed and shot 57 percent.

No. 9 SYRACUSE 56, ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN 50

Jerami Grant scored 13 points, including a tying follow with 1:43 left, and set up the go-ahead basket by Michael Gbinije in the final minute for Syracuse in an opening-round game of the Maui Invitational played on the Orange’s home floor.

Syracuse (4-0), making its first appearance in the tournament since winning it in 1998, plays its next game in Hawaii in a week against Minnesota.

The Orange closed the game on a 10-0 run, holding St. Francis scoreless for the final 4:10.

No. 16 FLORIDA 67, SOUTHERN 53

Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds for Florida, which lost point guard Kasey Hill to an ankle injury.

Hill, a freshman averaging 10 points a game, badly sprained his left ankle early in the second half and had to be helped to the locker room. He did not return.

The injury could be problematic for Florida (3-1), which already is without point guard Scottie Wilbekin. The senior is suspended indefinitely, but he could return as early as next week.

Evansville 89, Mercer 76

Kokomo High School product D.J. Balentine continued his hot play to lead Evansville past visiting Mercer 89-76 Monday night.

Balentine scored 29 points for the third time in as many games this season for the unbeaten Aces. He made 7 of 16 shots from the field, including 1 of 3 from 3-point range, and he connected on 14 of 15 attempts from the free throw line. He has made 35 of 38 charity attempts on the season.

Balentine previously had 29-point games against Martin Methodist and IUPUI. He is the first Evansville player to open a season with three straight 20-point games since current coach Marty Simmons had five straight 20-point games to open the 1987-88 season.

Ball State 87, Southeast Missouri State 83

Chris Bond scored 20 points, including the go-ahead dunk in the second half, to lift Ball State to an 87-83 win over visiting Southeast Missouri State.

Zavier Turner and Jesse Berry added 19 points apiece for the Cardinals (2-1), marking Turner’s third straight game in double digits. Majok Majok scored 11 points and hauled in 12 rebounds.

Jarekious Bradley led Southeast Missouri State with 26 points and nine rebounds.

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