Carmichael, Brown lead ISU past Bradley,
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[February 14, 2013]
-- Jackie Carmichael and Tyler Brown scored in double figures Wednesday
night as the Illinois State men's basketball team (16-10, 7-7 MVC),
sporting throwback uniforms, defeated the Bradley Braves (14-12, 6-8 MVC)
79-59 on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena for ISU's fourth straight Valley win. Carmichael netted 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds,
while Brown scored 22 and grabbed eight off the glass.
The Redbirds are the hottest team in the MVC, winning seven of their
last eight conference contests and eight of their last nine against
the Braves. Illinois State shot 47 percent from the field (27 of 57)
and 33 percent from beyond the arc (7 of 21), while Bradley shot 35
percent from the field (23 of 65) and 33 percent (8 of 24) from
3-point land. ISU sank 18 of 20 from the charity stripe, compared
with the 5-of-8 performance from BU.
Walt Lemon Jr. opened the
scoring in the contest for the Braves, sinking a trey from the top
of the key. Brown answered with back-to-back 3-pointers of his own,
igniting an early 9-2 run for the Redbirds. Brown capped off the run
converting all three free throws awarded after being fouled in
3-point land, giving ISU a 9-5 advantage. Carmichael added two
buckets of his own and Bryant Allen added another, helping Illinois
State to a 15-11 lead heading into the first media timeout.
The teams exchanged baskets until a trey by Tyshon Pickett
sparked a 10-2 run for Bradley, regaining the lead with a 24-20
advantage. The Redbirds battled back to tie the game up at 24-24,
thanks to two free throws by Carmichael. Back-to-back free throws by
John Wilkins gave ISU its second lead of the night, as the Redbirds
took a two-point advantage (26-24) into the third media timeout of
the first half.
The basket exchange continued until two Redbird dunks, by Brown
and John Ekey, gave Illinois State a one-point advantage as the
teams headed into the locker rooms after the first half.
Carmichael and Brown led all scorers, netting 12 and 11 points
respectively in the first half. Carmichael also posted the top
number in the rebound column, as he grabbed eight. As a team, the
Redbirds shot 36 percent from the field (11 of 30) and a perfect 100
percent from the charity stripe (7 for 7). The Braves shot 42
percent from the field (13 of 31) and 33 percent from beyond the arc
(4 of 12).
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Jake Eastman opened the scoring in the second half, hitting a
jumper from just outside the paint to give Bradley a 33-32
advantage. Carmichael answered with a layup of his own,
converting the three-point play after being fouled on his way to
the hoop, giving the lead back to ISU at 35-33. The teams
exchanged more buckets before a Johnny Hill 3-pointer triggered
a 7-0 run for the Redbirds, heading into the first media timeout
of the half with a three-point lead, 47-44.
The two teams once again traded baskets until the Redbirds
drained three straight from the paint. Allen hit a jumper, while
Carmichael rolled two off the glass, capping off a 6-0 run and
giving Illinois State a seven-point advantage, 55-48. Bradley pulled
within two before back-to-back layups by Carmichael gave ISU a 58-53
advantage with 9:42 left in the game.
Carmichael scored the next six straight points, while Brown and
Wilkins each added two of their own, giving the Redbirds a 64-53
lead with 6:24 remaining. Illinois State closed the game on a 13-3
run, earning its fourth straight Valley win. ISU posted a 59 percent
performance from the field in the second half (16 of 27), sinking
four treys, while Bradley shot just 29 percent from the field (10 of
34), matching the four treys of the Redbirds.
Illinois State returns to action Sunday as it plays host to
Wichita State. Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m.
news release received from
Illinois State University]