Knight matched a career high and shot 3 for 4 from 3-point range for
Illinois State (2-4). The Baltimore, Md., native also grabbed five
rebounds and dished out two assists. Zach Lofton added 19 points for
the Redbirds, while Reggie Lynch collected a team-best seven
rebounds along with three blocks and one steal.
The NCAA Division
II Seawolves (1-3) were led offensively by Justin Herold's 21-point
performance, while Brandon Glanz led Sonoma State's rebounding
effort with eight boards.
ISU led almost the entire game, as Sonoma State tied the score
only once, 9-9, with 14:19 remaining in the first half. The Redbirds
drained five consecutive 3-pointers to begin the contest, building a
15-11 advantage at the 12:23 mark. After Sonoma State cut a
seven-point Redbird lead down to 30-28 with 2:43 left in the first,
ISU answered with a 7-2 run to end the half, giving Illinois State a
37-30 halftime advantage.
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The Redbirds carried that momentum into the second half, as a
Bobby Hunter layup at the 17:43 mark lifted Illinois State in
front by nine. However, Sonoma State responded with an 8-0 run,
which included two layups by Glanz, to pull within 43-42 with
14:33 remaining in regulation. But an ensuing 8-1 run by the
Redbirds propelled ISU ahead 51-43 midway through the half.
Illinois State's final margin of victory, 17 points, also
represented ISU's largest lead of the game.
Defensively, the Redbirds held the Seawolves to 35.3 percent
shooting, including 3 for 12 from beyond the arc. Illinois State
shot 44 percent, including 10 for 21 from 3-point range.
With a 1-1 record in the USF Golden Gate Challenge after the win,
Illinois State headed into its concluding game in the tournament on
Saturday night against the host team, the University of San
Francisco. (See report.)
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