Redbird Scoring Attack Downs Quincy Hawks 102-63
Jon Ekey
Jon Ekey

Nov. 6, 2011

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NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State men's basketball team defeated the Quincy Hawks, 102-63 in exhibition play. The Redbirds were led by sophomore Jon Ekey and junior John Wilkins who scored 16 and 15 points respectively. Three other players for Illinois State recorded double-digit points (Jordan Threloff-12, Tyler Brown-11 and Zeke Upshaw-10).

Ekey opened the scoring for the Redbirds, draining a three just 52 seconds into the game. The Hawks answered with a jumper of their own, until a three-pointer by Wilkins and an alley-oop dunk by Jackie Carmichael from Ekey gave the Redbirds a three-point advantage heading into the first media timeout.

The scoring continued, as an Ekey three ignited a 9-1 run for the Redbirds in which Carmichael, Johnny Hill and Threloff each totaled two points. Quincy countered with a little run of its own, sparked by a Ryan Stuckman three, tying the game up at 21 with 10 minutes left in the half.

Trey Blue's three-pointer at 9:23 started another Illinois State run spanning seven minutes in which they outscored the Hawks 19-0, running the score to 42-21 with just under four minutes to play in the half.

Sophomore Zeke Upshaw closed the half for the Redbirds, scoring eight points off the bench in five minutes and pushing the lead to 18 at the end the half (52-34).

The story of the first half was the three-point shooting for the Redirds. Twelve of Illinois State's first 14 points came from beyond the arc, from the hands of Ekey (2), Wilkins and Anthony Cousin. Overall, the Redbirds shot 52.9 percent from three-point land (9-17) and 57.1 percent from the field (16-28). Ten different players contributed to the first-half point total for Illinois State. Ekey, Upshaw and Threloff led the scoring in the first half, with eight points apiece.

The 52 points in the first half were the most by an Illinois State team in the Tim Jankovich era.

Tyler Brown opened the scoring in the second half for the Redbirds, hitting a jumper in the paint just 14 seconds in. Quincy answered with five quick points of its own, cutting the Illinois State lead to 17. Wilkins took matters into his own hands, scoring the next six points, which included a three pointer, a dunk and a free throw to extend the Redbird lead to 23 points (62-39).

Illinois State continued to add to their three-point total, sinking two in two minutes, from the hands of Trey Blue and Ekey, increasing the lead to 28 before the second media timeout.

Following the second media timeout, the Redbirds went on a 12-2 run, increasing its lead to as much as 38 points. It would not be until a Nic Moore jumper at 2:55 that Illinois State would see its largest lead of the game of 43 points (99-57).

The Redbirds shot 58.3 percent from the field, which is the highest mark since shooting 59.4 percent in a win over the Arkansas Express on Nov. 18, 1993. More impressively, the 102 points scored was the highest number in the Jankovich era and the highest since Nov. 20, 1995 when the team scored 102 against the Converse All-Stars.

Illinois State tips-off for the first time this season Nov. 11 at Fresno State. Game time is slated for 9 p.m. CST.

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