ISU (13-11, 6-6 MVC) shot 44.9 percent from the field, but Loyola
(9-15, 4-8 MVC) managed a 54.9 percent shooting clip, and the
Ramblers outrebounded the Redbirds 37-23. Loyola was led by 17-point
efforts from both Joe Crisman and Christian Thomas. Daishon Knight
joined Lee in double figures with 10 points for the Redbirds, who
are now tied for third in the MVC standings with six regular-season
After Knight gave ISU a brief one-point advantage
on a 3-pointer, Loyola took an early 15-5 lead, with seven points
from Thomas during the opening stretch. However, Illinois State
manufactured a 7-2 run, including a jumper and a three-point play by
Reggie Lynch, to pull within 17-12 at the 11:31 mark.
After the Redbirds cut their deficit to five points, Loyola
answered with a 9-1 run to extend its lead to 26-13. The Ramblers
pulled ahead by as many as 18 points with 2:12 remaining in the
first half before Lee forced a steal and netted a free throw with no
time on the clock to cut Loyola's halftime advantage to 37-20.
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Illinois State started the second half by outscoring Loyola 14-6,
including a 10-0 run, to pull within 43-34 on a Nick Zeisloft
3-pointer at the 14:34 mark. The LaGrange native netted six points
during the opening six minutes to trim ISU's deficit to single
digits. However, that was as close as ISU managed to get in the
Loyola again answered, extending its lead to 50-34 with a 7-0
scoring stretch. The Redbirds pulled within 11 points three times
before the final minute. Jamaal Samuel then scored seven straight
points in a 7-2 run, from the 50-second mark to the 21-second mark,
to cut Loyola's lead to 79-69, which became the game's final score.
The Redbirds remain on the road for another Valley contest at
Evansville on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. CT, with live coverage
available via the Illinois State Radio Network.
news release received from
Illinois State University]