Illinois State Falls at Wichita State
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Jan. 16, 2013
WICHITA, Kan. - Jackie Carmichael scored 22 points and Tyler Brown grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, but Illinois State fell to Wichita State, 74-62, Wednesday night at Charles Koch Arena. The Redbirds (9-9, 0-6 Missouri Valley Conference) forced 16 Wichita State turnovers, but the Shockers (16-2, 5-1 MVC) held Illinois State to 32.8 percent shooting in the loss.
Wichita State outscored the Redbirds, 10-2, to start the game. However, Illinois State pulled within 15-12 with an 8-3 run, capped by a Carmichael jump shot. But that was as close as ISU got in the first half, as the Shockers ended the first half on a 7-2 run to take a 31-20 halftime advantage. Carmichael led all first-half scorers with 12 points.
After ISU and WSU exchanged baskets to start the second half, the Redbirds went on a 6-0 run to pull within 38-31 with 13:23 to play. Illinois State held the Shockers without a field goal from 15:49 until 10:57. The jumper by Early which stopped the field goal drought, propelled Wichita State on a 14-4 lead to take a 53-35 advantage at the 7:53 mark.
Illinois State put together a final 11-2 push to pull within 66-59 with 1:50 remaining. Allen scored two three-pointers, Brown had one three, and Wilkins netted a jumper during the stretch. That was as close as the Redbirds got, as ISU fell, 74-62.
Illinois State remains on the road for a Sunday night Valley matchup at Southern Illinois. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., which the game airing live on ESPNU.
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