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The Illinois State men’s basketball team’s 62-55 win Monday night over Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational marks just the third time in program history that the Redbirds have won two postseason contests in the same season, with the last time coming during the 1995-96 season. ISU was led by Daishon Knight, who connected on 50 percent of his shot attempts from the field, scoring 17 points. Knight also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, all coming at the defensive end in 36 minutes. John Jones was the only other Redbird to score in double figures, as he tied a career-high 12 points, scoring nine-straight in the first half. The Aggies were led in scoring by sophomore forward Antwan Space. With the win, the Redbirds continue CBI play Siena College in Loudonville, NY Wednesday evening at 6:05 p.m. CT in the tournament semifinals.

-Bob

Playing against its second top-25 ranked team of the season, Illinois State led for the majority of the game over No. 25 Dayton and shot 50 percent from the field on its way to an 81-75 win for the Redbirds (5-4) over the nationally-ranked Flyers (7-2) Saturday night on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. The victory was the first for the Redbirds over a nationally-ranked opponent since Feb. 9, 2013, when ISU defeated No. 16 Creighton 75-72, and was the first win over a ranked opponent inside Redbird Arena. Daishon Knight led four Redbird players in double figures with 20 points, just one point shy of his career high, and added six rebounds and four assists in the victory for ISU. Bobby Hunter added 16 points, Zach Lofton chipped in 13 points and Reggie Lynch added 10 points and six rebounds for the Redbirds. Dayton attempted to trim the lead, but Illinois State held on for the 81-75 win over the Flyers. Illinois State will return to action Monday, Dec. 16, at Oakland for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

-Bob

The Morton High School Lady Potters (30-5) lost to two-time defending IHSA State Champions Quincy Notre Dame (29-0) 67-51 at Redbird Arena in Normal, IL. Kassidy Gengenbacher led QND with 15 points, with her sister Kristen added 13 points and unanimous first-team all-stater Jordan Frericks scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Morton freshman Chandler Ryan led the Potters with 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field. Kaitlyn Bryne added 15 points and senior all-stater Sarah Livingston scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. They play three-time Class 3A state champion Lombard Montini (34-2) in the third-place game at noon Saturday.

-Bob

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Wichita State (22-5, 11-4 MVC) went on an 8-2 run in the final 40 seconds to edge Illinois State (16-11, 8-7 MVC) by a score of 68-67, Sunday night, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena before 8,668 rowdy fans. Tyler Brown led four Redbirds in double figures with 17 points to go along with 17 rebounds Jackie Carmichael also had a solid game with 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Shockers. Malcolm Armstead led the Shockers in scoring with 18 points. Illinois State went 0-for-7 from the field to start the game, before the Redbirds scored the first field goal of the game on a runner by Johnny Hill at the 15:52 mark. Two free throws by Brown pulled the Redbirds within 5-4, and a Bryant Allen three-point play gave ISU its first lead of the game, 7-5, with 13:12 remaining in the first half. Wichita State answered with a 9-2 run to pull within 63-60 on a Cleanthony Early three-pointer at the 2:10 mark. The Shockers then edged within two points at 67-65, after two free throws by Early and a Demetric Williams three-pointer with 28 seconds left. A turnover by Hill gave Wichita State the ball, and Early drilled a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining, to give the Shockers their first lead since early in the first half. After a timeout with four seconds left, Carmichael attempted a runner in the lane, which rimmed out, securing Wichita State’s victory.

-Bob

Senior Jackie Carmichael had 27 points and 13 rebounds as streaking Illinois State avenged a loss to Bradley two weeks ago with a 79-59 victory Wednesday night. Tyler Brown added 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Redbirds (16-10, 7-7 Missouri Valley). Bradley (14-12, 6-8) got 15 points from Walt Lemon Jr., 11 from Jake Eastman and 10 from Tyshon Pickett, but the Braves were hurt by a back injury to the season’s second-leading scorer, Dyricus Simms-Edwards, who went scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting while hobbling through 21 minutes. The Braves will return to Carver Arena Saturday afternoon to host Indiana State. In addition to the halftime inductions of the 2013 Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame class, Saturday’s game is being promoted as “Go Pink, Go Bradley” and the activities to promote breast cancer awareness will include the Braves wearing pink uniforms for the game.

-Bob


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