PEORIA -- Southern Illinois University's men's basketball team took its first double-digit lead in the first eight minutes at Bradley and rolled to its sixth straight victory Wednesday night.

The Salukis (14-2, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) won their first game at Carver Arena since Jan. 4, 2012, 65-44. 

Bradley (2-14, 0-3 MVC) committed a season-high 28 turnovers and lost its fifth straight game. Playing almost all freshmen, the Braves shot 34.8 percent in the first half and 30 percent in the second.

Anthony Beane scored 11 points to lead SIU, which struggled to score in the second half but played everybody. Tyler Smithpeters added 10 points.

Leo Vincent scored eight points off the bench to lead SIU to a 41-23 halftime lead. Vincent's back-to-back triples extended the Salukis' lead to 20 with 1:04 to go in the half. Suggs' driving layup right before the horn cut the lead to 18 and ended a 4-minute-plus scoring drought for the Braves.

Beane's first basket of the night, a 3-pointer from the top of the key when Bradley's defense fell asleep for a millisecond, gave SIU its first double-digit lead of the night at 24-13. Beane's triple was part of a 14-2 Salukis run that pushed the lead to 17 points after Armon Fletcher's putback at the 7:30 mark.

Beane, the Valley's leading scorer entering the game at 21.7 points per game, took only three shots in the first half. He was 5 for 5 at the free-throw line in 11 minutes in the opening half.

The Salukis shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half (15 of 27) and made 8 of 11 at the free-throw line.

Bradley made 8 of 23 from the field (34.8 percent) and 5 of 11 at the stripe. The Braves missed seven of nine 3-point attempts.

todd.hefferman@thesouthern.com

618-351-5087 / On Twitter: @THefferman

Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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