Redbirds Fall to No. 6 Shockers on the Road
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Jan. 8, 2014
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 GoRedbirds.com.
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