Redbirds fall 76-62 at Indiana State
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[January 28, 2014]
HAUTE, Ind. — Illinois State came back from a
nine-point first-half deficit to briefly take a one-point lead with 4:15
left in the first half; however, Indiana State then outscored the
Redbirds 16-4 to take an 11-point halftime advantage en route to a 76-62
win over Illinois State on Saturday evening at the Hulman Center.
Bobby Hunter led three Redbirds (11-9, 4-4 Missouri Valley
Conference) in double figures with 13 points, while freshmen Paris
Lee and Reggie Lynch both chipped in 11 points. Lynch also led ISU's
rebounding effort with seven boards, plus he had two blocks and one
steal. Indiana State's Manny Arop and Dawon Cummings both netted 14
points to lead the Sycamores (16-4, 7-1 MVC).
Indiana State jumped
out to an early 18-9 advantage at the 12:16 mark following a 10-2
run. However, the Redbirds went on a 7-0 run to pull within 18-16 on
a Hunter layup with 8:12 remaining in the first half. A 3-pointer by
Kaza Keane edged Illinois State within one at 6:33, and a John Jones
free throw tied the score at 23-23. Jones later gave the Redbirds
their first and only lead on a free throw at the 4:15 mark, lifting
Illinois State ahead 25-24.
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However, Indiana State regained the lead — which it never
relinquished — on a 3-pointer by Khristian Smith. After outscoring
Illinois State 16-4 in the final four minutes of the first half,
Indiana State also outscored the Redbirds 36-33 in the second half.
The Sycamores shot 50 percent from the field, including 52.4 percent
on 11-for-21 shooting from beyond the arc, while the Redbirds were
held to 36.4 percent field goal shooting in the loss.
Illinois State now continues its two-game road trip by traveling
to Peoria on Wednesday for the first of two matchups in the
Interstate 74 rivalry with Bradley. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
at Carver Arena.
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Indiana State (PDF)
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