Redbirds Top Indiana State, 77-59, In
Regular Season Home Finale
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[February 28, 2014]
Illinois State (15-13, 9-8 Missouri Valley Conference) built a 20-point
first-half lead and never trailed en route to a 77-59 victory over
Indiana State (21-8, 12-5 MVC) Wednesday night at Redbird Arena. With
the win, the Redbirds closed the home portion of the regular season
schedule with a 12-3 record at Redbird Arena. Illinois State went 8-1 at
home in the Valley, marking its best home conference record since
posting an 8-1 campaign in 2009-10.
Three Redbirds scored in double-figures, paced by Daishon
Knight’s game-high 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Reggie Lynch set
career-highs in points (16), blocks (5) and rebounds (8), and Zach
Lofton tallied 16 points in the win. The Redbirds secured 11 assists
on 24 baskets and out-rebounded the Sycamores, 35-34.
Dawon Cummings led Indiana State with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Indiana State shot 37-percent from the floor (20-for-54) and
committed 11 turnovers.
Both teams came out shooting and combined to make their first seven
baskets. The Redbirds, who sank their opening six shot attempts,
jumped on the board first with a three-point make from Nick Zeisloft
and built a 15-6 advantage with consecutive-makes from Knight, Bobby
Hunter and Lynch. Khristian Smith’s layup snapped Illinois State’s
opening run, making it a 15-8 Redbird advantage with just over 15
minutes left to play in the opening half.
Leading 17-10, Lofton made three-straight baskets for Illinois
State. The guard connected on consecutive three-point baskets before
sinking a 15-foot fade-away jumper to extend the Illinois State lead
to 25-12 with 11:18 to go in the half. The Redbirds made five of
their first six three-point attempts. Knight made a layup for
Illinois State, making it a 9-0 Redbird advantage. During the
offensive spurt, the Redbirds kept the Sycamores without a field
goal for over four minutes, a stretch in which Indiana State shot
0-for-7 from the floor.
A pair of Indiana State free-throws made it a 34-18 Illinois State
lead with less than eight minutes to go in the first half. Brandon
Burnett added a jumper to give Indiana State a 4-0 advantage, but
Lofton responded with a long three-point make. Both teams exchanged
baskets going into the half and Illinois State led 42-26 at the
The Redbirds shot 53-percent from the floor in the first half,
adding nine assists on 16 baskets. Indiana State shot just
36-percent, including 0-of-8 from three-point range.
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Both teams matched baskets for the first 3:30 of the final half,
before Jake Ketchell was whistled a technical foul. Knight made all
four free-throws to build Illinois State’s lead to 53-33 with 16:30
Illinois State grew its advantage to 21 points, 58-37, on a 5-0
second half run with 12 minutes to go. Lynch made a pair of free
throws, Hunter tallied a layup and Tony Wills added one point at the
free throw line. Justin Gant snapped the Redbird run with a floater.
Indiana State powered a 10-0 to make it a 61-49 game with 7:21 to
play. During that stretch, Illinois State was 0-for-3 from the
floor. After exchanging baskets, Lofton drained a long two from just
inside the arc, extending the Illinois State advantage to 71-53.
Indiana State cut its deficit to 12 points twice, but Illinois State
held on over the final three minutes of the game to secure the win.
Illinois State concludes the regular season Saturday, March 1, at
Southern Illinois and begins at 3 p.m.
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