Redbirds Fall to No. 6 Shockers on the Road
Kaza Keane
Kaza Keane

Jan. 8, 2014

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WICHITA, Kan. - Bobby Hunter led Illinois State with 11 points and Zach Lofton grabbed a career-high seven rebounds, but No. 6 Wichita State never trailed en route to a 66-47 win over the Redbirds Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 10,506 at Charles Koch Arena.

Hunter was the lone Redbird to reach double-figures, while Nick Zeisloft contributed nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker both led Wichita State offensively with 11 points. Illinois State fell to 8-7 and 1-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while Wichita State improved to a perfect 16-0 overall and 3-0 in the Valley.

After both teams were held scoreless through the opening two minutes, Early started the scoring with a three-pointer, and Zeisloft responded with his own three to tie the game. The Shockers proceeded to build a 12-7 lead before the Redbirds outscored WSU, 5-2, to pull within 14-12 on a dunk by John Jones followed by a Hunter three-pointer.

Wichita State proceeded to take a 26-13 lead following a 12-1 Wichita State run which included a pair of Baker three pointers. Zeisloft broke the streak with a three, and Lofton later netted seven-consecutive points for the Redbirds during an 8-4 Redbird run to pull within 35-24 at the 1:56 mark. However, Darius Carter scored a tip-in basket as time expired to give Wichita State a 37-24 halftime lead.

The Shockers stared the second half with a 12-3 run to establish a 49-27 advantage before Hunter hit another three-pointer to stop the streak. Later, after Wichita State established a 59-35 lead, the Redbirds manufactured a 12-4 run, with five points from Daishon Knight, to cut the WSU advantage to 63-47 with 1:09 remaining. The Shockers went on to secure a 66-47 win.

Illinois State now begins a two-game Valley homestand starting with Loyola this Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:05 p.m. Saturday's contest will mark the 25th anniversary of ISU's inaugural men's basketball game at Redbird Arena. The Redbirds opened the 17.4 million venue Jan. 11, 1989 with a 71-70 victory over Chicago State. Tickets to Saturday's game can be purchased by calling or visiting the Redbird Arena ticket office, or by buying them on Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.