Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane led Southern with 12 points apiece.
In his second year at Southern Illinois, Early has improved his statistics in every category.
Jeff Early scored 26 points to lead SIU to its sixth win in its last eight games.
Salukis have won five-straight home games for first time since 2009.
The Salukis will honor three senior players -- Kendal Brown-Surles, Jeff Early and T.J. Lindsay -- during pre-game ceremonies.
*Captain of MVC Most-Improved Team
Posted a career-high 31 points vs. Miami University, in which his buzzer beater sent the game to OT...Led the nation in rebounding (7.2 rpg) among players 6-foot-1 or shorter...Ranked 11th in the MVC in scoring (13.0 ppg) and fifth in steals (1.7 spg)...Recorded eight double-doubles on the season giving him nine for his career.
The team's second-leading scorer (8.6 ppg)...Made the game-winning free throw with 2.6 seconds remaining to beat Evansville on Feb. 4...Scored in double figures in 14 games, including a career-best 18 at Drake on Feb. 22...Had a double-double versus Drake on Jan. 18 with 15 points and 11 rebounds...Shot 50 percent from the field on non-3-point attempts.
Monroe College (2010-11)
Led the team to a 31-5 record in 2011 and a third-place finish at the Division I national tournament...Averaged a team-high 13.9 points and 4.7 rebounds...Was named both an All-American and the Region XV Player of the Year.
Allegany College (2008-09)
Played one season at Allegany College, a two-year school in Cumberland, Md...Averaged 17.2 points and 8.7 rebounds and was named Second-Team All-American...Helped lead his team to the Division II national tournament.
Rockbridge High School
Averaged 28.0 points and 11.2 rebounds his senior year, setting single-season school records...Named First-Team All-State and All-District...Also played football and was a First-Team All-State wide receiver and safety...Rated one of the top 150 football prospects in the country by ESPN and had scholarship offers from Tennessee, West Virginia and Florida State...Division I basketball offers came from Jacksonville, Davidson and MTSU.
At 24, he was the oldest player in the MVC his senior year...Son of Ivonne and Jeffrey Early...Born Sept. 2, 1988, in Brooklyn, N.Y....Dad was a professional boxer and semi-pro basketball player...Has an older sister and two younger brothers...Moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico with his mom and siblings at age 1 and lived there for 12 years...Did not speak English when he returned to U.S. at age 13...Has a permanent screw in his left ankle.