ISU Saturday basketball
Redbirds fall 72-69 to Northwestern in OT
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[November 26, 2012]
PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- Tyler Brown scored a career-high 36
points, including a key 3-pointer to help send the game to overtime, but
Illinois State ultimately suffered its first loss of the season,
dropping the South Padre Island Invitational title game to Northwestern
72-69 Saturday night at the South Padre Island Convention Centre.
The Redbirds (5-1) were held to 42.1 percent shooting, while
Northwestern (6-0) was limited to 33.9 percent. However, ISU
committed 20 turnovers, compared with the Wildcats' 18, and the
Redbirds made 10 of 20 free throws (50 percent), compared with
Northwestern's 23-for-27 (85.2 percent) free throw shooting
Three Wildcats reached double figures, and Jared
Swopshire recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
ISU's Jackie Carmichael also earned a double-double, with 13 points
and 12 rebounds. Brown's 36 points are the most scored by a Redbird
in a single game since Tarise Bryson scored 41 against Central
Michigan on Dec. 3, 2000.
The first half of Saturday's game proved to be a defensive battle
for both teams, as the Redbirds were held to a season-low 26 points
and 33.3 percent field goal shooting. However, ISU still took a
26-23 lead into the locker room, as the Redbirds limited
Northwestern to 24.1 percent shooting. Illinois State also teamed up
for six first-half steals and five blocked shots, which resulted in
10 first-half Wildcat turnovers. ISU also made 5 of 12 first-half
3-pointers, including two from Brown, who led all scorers in the
opening period with nine points.
The Redbirds opened the second half on a 7-0 run, but
Northwestern answered with a 5-0 run. The rest of the second
half remained close, with the Wildcats taking a 48-45 lead with
2:41 remaining on a layup by Reggie Hearn. But Carmichael
responded with a dunk to pull within one. Hearn answered with a
3, and Carmichael again scored two points with a layup.
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Swopshire proceeded to hit two free throws to give Northwestern a
53-49 advantage with 53 seconds left, but Brown answered with a 3 to
pull within one. A jumper by Drew Crawford increased the Wildcat
lead to 55-52 with 25 seconds remaining, before Brown again scored a
3 with 10 seconds to play, tying the game 55-55. Illinois State's
defense proceeded to hold, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period, Northwestern jumped ahead early with a 3 by
Dave Sobolewski, and the Wildcats maintained their advantage until
the end. Brown attempted to keep ISU in the game, scoring 12 of
ISU's 14 points in overtime. He hit two 3-pointers with under 15
seconds remaining, with his last trey pulling the Redbirds within
71-69. However, Crawford netted one free throw with four seconds
remaining, and Brown could not get a last-second, half-court shot
off, which would have potentially tied the game. Northwestern held
on to win the game and the 2012 South Padre Island Invitational.
Illinois State will head back to Normal for a week of practice,
before the Redbirds resume nonconference play against No. 2
Louisville on Dec. 1.
news release received from
Illinois State University]