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WICHITA, Kan. -- Osiris
Eldridge's game-tying 3-point attempt with three seconds remaining
rolled in and out as Illinois State fell to Wichita State 69-64 on
Sunday afternoon at Charles Koch Arena.
The loss spoiled Levi Dyer's game-high 22-point effort and dropped
Illinois State's overall record to 12-14 on the season and 4-11 in
the Valley, while Wichita State improved to 17-9 on the season and
8-7 in league play.
To open the second half, the Shockers pushed
their lead to 54-43 with 13:26 left in the game, but the Redbirds
responded with a 10-0 run, including eight points by Dyer, to close
the gap to 54-53 with 10:28 on the clock. ISU had a chance to take
its first lead of the second half, but Anthony Slack came up a
little short on his fast-break dunk attempt.
WSU regained control with a 5-0 run on a pair of P.J. Couisnard
free throws and a Karon Bradley 3-pointer to take a 59-53 lead into
the third media timeout of the second half. Over the next six
minutes, the Redbirds scratched and clawed their way back into it
and trailed 65-64 with 1:13 on the clock.
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ISU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a Boo Richardson trey and
baskets from both Osiris Eldridge and Dyer. The Shockers responded
with an 11-4 run to tie the score at 11-11 with 14:39 left in the
half. The two teams continued to trade baskets for the rest of the
half, and Richardson's breakaway layup with 1:18 on the clock
brought the Redbirds to within a single point at 32-31. The Shockers
ended the half with a pair of dunks, including Ryan Martin's off an
inbounds play and P.J. Couisnard's following a steal, to push the
halftime lead to 35-31.
Joining Dyer in double figures for the 'Birds were Greg Dilligard
with 15 points and Slack with 13. WSU was led by Couisnard's 17
The Redbirds will end their three-game road swing on Wednesday,
when ISU travels to Indiana State. Tipoff in Terre Haute, Ind., is
scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Central time.
(Text from file received from Todd Kober,
assistant athletics director, media relations,