Redbirds Fall To Missouri State, 62-55
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Jan. 8, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Jackie Carmichael tallied a team-best 21 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season, but Missouri State's Anthony Downing scored a game-high 24 points, and the Redbirds (9-7, 0-4 MVC) fell at Missouri State (5-11, 3-1 MVC), 62-55, Tuesday night in Missouri Valley Conference play at JQH Arena.
Along with Carmichael's effort, Johnny Hill also contributed a career-high 14 points with three rebounds. Carmichael and Hill were the only two Redbirds to reach double-figures, as ISU dropped its fourth-straight game. Illinois State was held to a season-low 55 points in the loss, while the Redbirds shot 40.0 percent from the field, compared to the Bears' 46.8 percent mark.
Missouri State jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage, and the Bears led for most of the first half. Trailing, 17-11, with 7:06 remaining in the opening period, the Redbirds went on a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Jon Ekey. The trey gave ISU an 18-17 advantage with 5:43 remaining.
However, the lead was short-lived, as Missouri State established its largest advantage of the half at 30-20, with 1:11 remaining. Illinois State ended the period on a 5-2 run to pull within 32-25 at the break.
The Redbirds outscored the Bears, 12-7, to start the second half, as a three-pointer by Kaza Keane pulled Illinois State within 39-37 at the 14:20 mark. However, Missouri State responded with a 10-0 run, which was followed by an Illinois State 10-2 run to propel the Redbirds within 51-47 on a Bryant Allen jumper with 6:33 left.
A jump shot by Anthony Cousin later pushed ISU within 53-50 at the 4:40 mark, but the Bears outscored the Redbirds, 9-5 over the final four minutes to secure the win.
Illinois State returns home for another Missouri Valley Conference matchup against Drake Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. Tickets are available by calling the Redbird Arena Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000.
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