Redbirds Win Third Straight, Top Aces 67-62
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Jan. 26, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Jackie Carmichael and Tyler Brown each scored over 20 points, as Illinois State (12-9, 3-6 MVC) defeated Evansville (12-9, 5-4 MVC) by a score of 67-62 for its third-straight win on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena Saturday night.
Carmichael led the way with 24 points and tied a season high with 14 rebounds, to record his 10th double-double of the season and the 30th of his career at Illinois State. Brown was the only other Redbird in double figures with 23 points, thanks to a 12-for-17 effort from the free throw line. The duo combined for 47 of ISU's 67 total points on the night.
Illinois State jumped out to an 8-4 lead, with Carmichael scoring the first six points for the Redbirds. Evansville battled back to take a 14-9 advantage, after a layup by D.J. Balentine capped off a 10-1 run for the Aces. The Redbirds then answered back with a 9-2 run to take an 18-16 lead with seven minutes left in the first half, after Kaza Keane hit a three-pointer from the top of the key and Anthony Cousin hit a jumper in the lane.
A long three-pointer by Ned Cox ended the Evansville five-minute scoring drought and put the Aces back up 19-18, but Nick Zeisloft answered with a three of his own to give the Redbirds the lead right back at 21-19 with just over four minutes left in the first half. Tyler Brown scored six-straight points on a three-pointer and a converted three-point play, as he was fouled while making a reverse layup, to extend the run and Carmichael added a pair of free throws to give the Redbirds their largest lead of the game at 29-19 with 1:27 left on the clock.
Balentine ended another long scoring drought, this one lasting three-plus minutes, with a three-pointer with 1:10 left on the clock to cut the lead to 29-22. The Redbirds would get the last shot of the game, as Carmichael hit a step-back jumper in the lane to send ISU into the locker room with a 31-22 lead.
The Redbirds controlled the first four minutes of the second half and kept a nine-point lead at 39-30, after a free throw by Carmichael. ISU would sputter over the next five minutes, as Evansville went on a 16-3 run to take a 46-42 lead on a Balentine three-pointer with just over 11 minutes left in the game.
Brown converted a three-point play two minutes later to knot the game at 46-46, before a jumper by Balentine put the Aces back up by two. Carmichael would then hit a pair of free throws on the other end of the floor to tie the game at 48-48 with 8:22 remaining on the clock and his dunk just over a minute later would give ISU a 50-48 lead. ISU's lead would grow to six points at 54-48 after Brown hit two free throws, before Ryan hit two free throws of his own on the Aces' next possession to cut the lead back to four at 54-50 with five minutes left in the game.
ISU would stretch the lead out to eight points at 59-51 with 3:31 left, when Brown converted on another three-point play after he was fouled driving to the hoop. A couple of baskets by Evansville cut into the ISU lead, but Brown made three free throws on the other end and Carmichael made a layup to grow the lead to 64-55.
The Aces refused to go away, as Cox hit a pair of free throws and Lewis Jones added a three-pointer to make the score 66-60 with 43 seconds left on the clock. The late run was not enough, though, as the Redbirds held on for a 67-62 victory and their third-straight conference victory.
ISU returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 29, when it travels across I-74 to face in-state rival Bradley. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Carver Arena, with the game broadcast live on Valley TV and ESPN3.
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