Junior guard has dished 13 assists in SIU's last five games.
Evansville native comes off the bench to be team's second-leading scorer.
Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane led Southern with 12 points apiece.
The Salukis will honor three senior players -- Kendal Brown-Surles, Jeff Early and T.J. Lindsay -- during pre-game ceremonies.
*MVC All-Bench team
The team's third-leading scorer (9.1 ppg)...Scored the game-winning basket with 5.8 seconds left at Loyola on Jan. 8...Reached double figures in 15 games, including 10 of the first 14 games.
Came on strong at the end of the season as he averaged 8.0 points in the last nine games...Named MVC Newcomer of the Week after a career-high 17 points at Indiana State on Feb. 9 and scoring the final six points in a 64-62 win over Wichita State on Feb. 5...Had a break-out performance vs. New Orleans with 14 points and two steals in 27 minutes...Prior to that game, he had played 36 total minutes combined and scored four points.
The Evansville Courier & Press Metro Player of the Year in both basketball and football during the 2011-12 school year...As a senior, he averaged 21.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists and led the Bulldogs to a 23-5 record and their first Class 3A semi-state appearance since 2007....Named high honorable mention All-State by The Associated Press his senior year...As a quarterback in football, he passed for 1,378 yards and rushed for 1,191 as a senior. He totaled 13 touchdowns.
Born Aug. 1, 1993...Son of Stacey and Dion Pendleton...Is the youngest of two brothers and one sister...Cousin, Raimond Pendleton, played wide receiver for Kansas.