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Redbirds outlast Dayton 74-73

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[December 20, 2012]  DAYTON, Ohio -- Dayton missed two potential game-winning shots with less than three seconds to play, and Illinois State held on to edge the Flyers 74-73 Wednesday night at UD Arena.

The Redbirds (8-3) earned their fourth straight win and second road victory of the season, while the Flyers (8-3) suffered just their second home loss of the year, in front of 11,897.

Jackie Carmichael led all scorers with 25 points and 12 rebounds, his third double-double of the season and 24th of his career. Tyler Brown and Jon Ekey also reached double figures with 16 and 13 points respectively. Dayton's Kevin Dillard and Dyshawn Pierre each scored a team-high 14 points.

Both teams were evenly matched in the first half, with Illinois State jumping out to an early 4-0 lead on a Carmichael jumper and dunk. After Dayton pulled within 11-10, the Redbirds answered with a 12-3 run from 13:57 until 10:43, taking a 23-13 advantage. However, the Flyers responded late in the first half with an 8-0 run to tie the game 38-38. ISU regained its advantage with a 3-pointer by Bryant Allen, and at halftime the Redbirds led 42-40.

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In the second half, Dayton took its first lead of the game with a jumper by Dillard, which gave the Flyers a 51-50 advantage at the 13:18 mark. But the lead was short-lived, as Jordan Threloff responded with a layup 10 seconds later. Later in the half, Dayton built their largest advantage of the game, at 60-56 with 9:56 remaining. However, the Redbirds answered with a key 12-2 run and were in front 68-62 at the 5:33 mark.

With 1:59 remaining and Illinois State leading 74-67, the Flyers scored six straight points, capped by Devin Oliver's layup with 35 seconds left. Then Johnny Hill missed a free throw with 29 seconds remaining, setting up Dayton for the final shot with ISU leading 74-73. Oliver missed a 3-point attempt with two seconds left, and teammate Khari Price rebounded, but his one-handed push shot missed off the rim at the buzzer.

After notching another victory, Illinois State returns home for its final nonconference game ahead of the Missouri Valley Conference season. ISU hosts Austin Peay at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. The Redbirds will then open the Valley season at Indiana State on Dec. 30. Tickets to Saturday's game are available by calling 309-438-8000.

[Text from news release received from Illinois State University]

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