Four Redbirds tallied double-digit scoring nights in the loss.
The junior led ISU in rebounding (13.0 per game) and field goal percentage (7-for-9, 77.8 percent) last week.
Tony Wills scores two free throws in the final five seconds to secure Redbird win.
Bobby Hunter led five Redbirds in double figures with 14 points against the Dragons.
Zach Lofton scored 12 points to lead Illinois State in a 96-58 season-opening loss at No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth Friday night. Nine Redbirds made their NCAA Division I debuts in the opener at VCU's Siegel Center.
Fall Conversations: #25 Michael Middlebrooks
Illinois State vs. Northwestern (USATSI)
The ISU men's basketball team held its first practice of 2013-14, Sept. 30, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.
Prior to Illinois State Averaged 8.9 points and 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore at North Idaho College Ranked 15th among Division I junior college players with a 63.6 shooting percentage from the field Was also defensively dominant, ranking eighth in NJCAA blocks, with 93 (3.0 per game) A two-time All-Region 18 selection Netted double-figures in 15 games as a sophomore, with six double-digit rebounding efforts Also blocked three or more shots in 19 out of 31 games in second year at North Idaho During a standout prep career, helped Rainier Beach High School to a 17-7 record and a No. 17 state ranking as a senior.
Personal Born February 20, 1992 Son of Wilfred and Linda Middlebrooks Has 10 siblings Major: University Studies