The Redbirds finish with 18 or more wins for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
The win also marks the first time in program history that the Redbirds topped a BIG EAST, Big Ten and SEC opponent in the same season.
Zach Lofton scored a career-high 25 points for Illinois State.
Daishon Knight led five Redbirds in double figures with 17 points and added five assists and rebounds.
Knight scored a career-high 26 points in the win over rival Bradley.
WJBC Redbird Recap:Missouri State vs. ISU
Fall Conversations: #1 Paris Lee
Quarterfinal round of the CBI Tournament at Redbird Arena on March 24, 2014.
Illinois State vs. Morehead State, CBI, College Basketball Invitational.
Illinois State Vs. Indiana State
Redbirds host Bears at 7:05 on Feb. 18 at Redbird Arena.
2013-14/Freshman at Illinois State Led the team with 33 starts while playing in all 34 games As Illinois State's starting point guard, ranked second on the team in assists (2.3) and steals (1.4) per game Ranked No. 10 among Missouri Valley Conference players in steals per game Averaged 6.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game Scored 10 points with three steals in the win over Missouri State (Feb. 18) Netted 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting with four assists in the win over Bradley (Feb. 18) Scored a team-best 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting in the loss at Loyola (Feb. 9) Dished a game-high five assists during a five-point effort in the win over Northern Iowa (Feb. 5) Scored eight points, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, in the win at Drake (Jan. 18) Netted five points with three assists and two steals in the win over Loyola (Jan. 11) Pulled down a career-best seven rebounds and collected four assists in the win over Southern Illinois (Jan. 5) Played a career-high 35 minutes in the loss at Missouri State (Jan. 2) Amassed career-highs in assists (6) and free throws (7) in the win over Tennessee State (Dec. 19) Made a career-best four three-pointers in a 14-point performance during the loss at Oakland (Dec. 16) Amassed three assists and two steals in the win over No. 25 Dayton (Dec. 7) Scored a career-high 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the win at San Francisco (Nov. 30) Teamed up with Kaza Keane to lead the Redbirds with four assists in the win at Northwestern (Nov. 17), plus shot 4-for-6 from the free throw line Led the Redbirds with two steals plus 10 points in the loss to Drexel (Nov. 12) Contributed nine points, a career-high six steals, three rebounds and two assists in the loss at No. 14 VCU (Nov. 8) His six steals at VCU were just one short of matching a program record for single-game steals.
Prior to Illinois State Averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 assists as a senior at Proviso East High School Helped the Pirates (29-4) advance to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) 4A semifinals, where Proviso fell to eventual state-champion Chicago Simeon As a junior, guided the Pirates to a second-place finish at the state tournament Played for the prestigious Mac Irvin Fire AAU program Competed in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Annual 3A/4A All-Star Game during the summer of 2013.
Personal Born April 20, 1995 Son of Anthony and Kimala Franklin Has two siblings Major: Mass Media - Television Production