Purple Aces top Redbirds 79-62
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[February 21, 2013]
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Jackie
Carmichael became just the seventh player in Missouri Valley Conference
history to record 1,500 points and 900 rebounds, as he reached both
milestones in Illinois State's 79-62 loss at Evansville on Wednesday
night at the Ford Center. The Redbirds (16-12, 7-9 Missouri Valley
Conference) never led against the Purple Aces (15-13, 8-8 MVC).
ISU pulled within 47-41 at the 15:41 mark in the second half, but
the Redbirds could not get closer. Tyler Brown was Illinois State's
only player to reach double figures, as he netted 21 points,
including five 3-pointers. Carmichael collected a game-best 14
rebounds, along with seven points. Evansville's Colt Ryan led all
scorers with 31 points.
With two Valley games remaining, the
Redbirds are now tied with Bradley for sixth place in the league,
while Evansville moves into fifth.
The Purple Aces took an 11-2 lead to start the game, with Ryan
hitting a 3 and a jumper during the opening stretch. Illinois State
responded, pulling within 15-10 on a dunk by John Wilkins at the
11:49 mark. Evansville extended its advantage to 11 points with 4:11
remaining on a pair of free throws by Ryan, and the Purple Aces led
at halftime 42-33.
Brown started the second half with a two-handed ally-oop dunk
from Johnny Hill. The Redbirds then pulled within 47-41 with a 6-0
run, which included 3s by Brown and Zeke Upshaw. However, Evansville
answered with a 13-2 run to take a 60-43 advantage.
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Carmichael recorded his 1,500th point on a free throw after
being fouled while scoring a layup at the 8:12 mark. His 900th
rebound occurred on an offensive board that led to a tip-in with
5:36 remaining, pulling ISU within 14 points.
However, that was as close as Illinois State got, as the Purple
Aces held off ISU 79-62. The two teams split their regular-season
The Redbirds now continue their road trip with a journey to
Logan, Utah, to take on Utah State in this season's Ramada Worldwide
BracketBusters event. Tipoff between Illinois State and the Aggies
is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST on Saturday.
The Redbirds will return to Doug Collins Court on Wednesday for
Senior Night against Missouri State. It will also be Fan
Appreciation Night, with upper-bowl tickets available for $5 by
calling 309-438-8000, by purchasing them on
GoRedbirds.com or by
visiting the ticket office at Redbird Arena.
news release received from
Illinois State University]