Balentine scored 10 of his points in the first half. Mislav Brzoja added 14 points, Jaylon Moore 13, Duane Gibson chipped in 12 and Egidijus Mockevicius finished with 10 for the Purple Aces (18-8, 8-6 Missouri Valley Conference). The team combined to shoot 56.3 percent (27 of 48) from the floor.
Jordan Caroline hit a pair of free throws and the Salukis trailed 56-55 with 6:19 remaining. Evansville answered with a 12-3 run - with Brzoja and Balentine each scoring five - and the Salukis (10-17, 3-11) could not recover.