SIU-Edwardsville's Rozell Nunn made a layup to break a 59-all tie at the 4:24 mark, sparking an 11-2 surge to give the Cougars a 70-61 lead with :51 remaining. Isiah Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Nino Johnson had a dunk to pull Southeast Missouri within 74-72 with :08 left. Davis split a pair of free throws and Jarekious Bradley missed a 3 at the buzzer to seal it for SIU-Edwardsville (11-4, 7-7 Ohio Valley).
Keaton Jackson scored 13 points and Nunn added 12 for the Cougars.
Bradley had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Jones finished with 21 points to lead SE Missouri (12-15, 6-8).