Redbirds hold on at Indiana State, snap skid
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Illinois
State's Greg Dilligard, Levi Dyer and Anthony Slack combined for 40
points to lead the Redbirds to a 68-53 win over Indiana State at the
Hulman Center on Wednesday night to snap an 18-game Missouri Valley
Conference road losing streak.
Illinois State improved to 13-14 overall and 5-11 in the Valley,
while Indiana State dropped to 12-14 on the year and 5-11 in
conference play. Dyer paced the Redbirds with 18 points, while
Dilligard and Slack each added 12 points to round out Illinois
State's double-digit scorers. Dilligard finished with a
double-double, adding 10 rebounds.
The Sycamores used an 11-0 run
to cut the lead to 45-40 with 12:22 left in the game, but Dyer's
turnaround jumper in the lane ended the spurt and a near-six-minute
scoring drought for the Redbirds. With back-to-back baskets by
Dilligard, including an offensive rebound dunk, Illinois State
regained control with its own 10-0 run to take a 57-42 advantage
with 5:54 left.
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Cole Holmstrom buried two straight 3-point field goals to open
the game and give Indiana State an early 6-0 lead, but Osiris
Eldridge's first basket, at the 12:18 mark, gave the Redbirds their
first lead at 14-12. Eldridge's basket was part of a 15-2 Illinois
State run that included eight points by Slack. A Bobby Hill layup at
the 1:40 mark in the half gave Illinois State a 32-17 advantage, but
Indiana State scored the final five points of the period and trailed
32-22 at the intermission.
The Redbirds are back in action on Saturday, when Illinois State
hosts Ball State as part of the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters
Series. Game time is 4:05 p.m. Central.
(Text copied from file received from Todd Kober,
assistant athletics director, media relations,