ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tremell Murphy had a season-high 26 points as Drake got past Illinois State 78-62 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney on Friday night.
Drake meets Illinois St. in MVC quarters
Illinois State (17-15, 10-9) vs. No. 2 seed Drake (23-8, 12-6)
Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
Fayne lifts Illinois St. past Evansville 65-60
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Phil Fayne had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Illinois State to a 65-60 win over Evansville in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney on Thursday...
Illinois St. faces Evansville in tourney
No. 10 seed Evansville (11-20, 5-13) vs. No. 7 seed Illinois State (16-15, 9-9)
Missouri Valley Conference Tourney First Round, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Thursday, 9:30 p.m....
Fletcher carries S. Illinois over Illinois St. 72-63
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Armon Fletcher had 26 points as Southern Illinois topped Illinois State 72-63 on Saturday. Sean Lloyd Jr. added 20 points for the Salukis. Lloyd Jr. also had six rebounds...
Illinois St. looks to sweep S. Illinois
Illinois State (16-14, 9-8) vs. Southern Illinois (16-14, 9-8)
SIU Arena, Carbondale, Illinois; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Southern Illinois seeks revenge on Illinois State...
Yarbrough carries Illinois St. past Missouri St. 65-57
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough had 28 points as Illinois State topped Missouri State 65-57 on Wednesday night.
Yarbrough converted all 11 of his free throws. He added nine...
Illinois St. seeks revenge on Missouri St.
Missouri State (16-13, 10-6) vs. Illinois State (15-14, 8-8)
Redbird Arena, Normal, Illinois; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Missouri State goes for the season sweep over Illinois...
Yarbrough scores 21 to lift Illinois St. past Drake 67-60
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough had 21 points as Illinois State defeated Drake 67-60 on Sunday.
Yarbrough also had seven turnovers but only four assists.
Illinois St. looks for home win vs Drake
Drake (21-7, 10-5) vs. Illinois State (14-14, 7-8)
Redbird Arena, Normal, Illinois; Sunday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Illinois State looks for its sixth straight win over Drake at...
Kennell scores 15 to lift Bradley over Illinois St. 65-59
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Nate Kennell had 15 points off the bench to carry Bradley to a 65-59 win over Illinois State on Saturday night.
Darrell Brown had 13 points for Bradley (15-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive win. Ja'Shon Henry added 11 points. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye had 11 points for the visitors.
Berhow scores 20 to carry N. Iowa over Illinois St. 77-64
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Trae Berhow had a season-high 20 points as Northern Iowa topped Illinois State 77-64 on Wednesday night.
Spencer Haldeman had 16 points for Northern Iowa (11-15, 6-7 Missouri Valley Conference). AJ Green added 13 points. Isaiah Brown had 10 points for the home team.
Wyatt Lohaus, whose 10 points per game heading into the matchup was second on the Panthers, shot only 14 percent for the game (1 of 7).
Yarbrough scores 21, Illinois St. beats Loyola-Chicago 65-57
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough scored 21 points and Keyshawn Evans added 14, including four 3-pointers, to help Illinois State beat Loyola-Chicago 65-57 on Saturday night and move into a tie with the Ramblers atop the conference standings.
Zach Copeland had 11 points for Illinois State (14-9, 7-3 Missouri Valley Conference). The Redbirds have won three in a row and five of their last six.
Illinois St. pulls away early in 2nd half, beats Drake 69-55
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Phil Fayne scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, Zach Copeland finished with 19 and Illinois State beat Drake 69-55 on Wednesday night.
Bradley wins 2nd straight MVC game, tops Illinois St 85-68
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Luuk van Bree and Darrell Brown combined to score 41 points and Bradley built a 17-point first-half lead and held on to beat I-74 rival Illinois State, 85-68 on Wednesday night.
Bradley now has won back-to-back Missouri Valley games after starting the conference season with five straight losses.
Yarbrough scores 27, Illinois State defeats Evansville 78-70
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough scored 27 points and Illinois State held Evansville to three points in the final two minutes for a 78-70 victory on Saturday.
Matt Chastain scored 13 points for the Redbirds (11-8, 4-2 Missouri Valley), Zach Copeland had seven assists and Yarbrough collected eight rebounds.
Evansville (9-10, 3-3) fell to 8-3 at home. K.J. Riley scored 19 points with six assists and John Hall had 18 points with 11 rebounds.
Illinois State wins at S Illinois for 12th straight time
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Phil Fayne made the decisive free throw with 5.7 seconds left and Illinois State edged Southern Illinois 59-58 on Tuesday night for its 12th straight series win at home.
Fayne, a 67.4 percent free-throw shooter, was fouled from behind on a dunk attempt and made the second of two free throws to give Illinois State a 59-58 lead. After two timeouts, Southern Illinois got it past midcourt but Eric McGill's errant pass went into the backcourt.
Illinois State downs Northern Iowa 70-69 behind Yarbrough
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Phil Fayne added 19 points with seven boards, and Illinois State held off Northern Iowa 70-69 on Tuesday night.
Matt Chastain scored 12 points for the Redbirds (9-7, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who trailed 33-32 at halftime but Fayne opened the second half with a basket and they never trailed again.
Phil Fayne leads Illinois State over Evansville 58-48
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Phil Fayne scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to help Illinois State pull away and beat Evansville 58-46 on Saturday.
Fayne's layup with 3:51 to play put him over 1,000 points in his career. Milik Yarbrough added 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Illinois State (8-7, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference). Zach Copeland chipped in with 11 points and Keyshawn Evans added nine points on three 3-pointers.
Fayne has 30 in Illinois State’s OT win over Cleveland State
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Phil Fayne scored a career-high 30 points with nine rebounds and three blocks and Illinois State defeated Cleveland State 88-77 in overtime on Sunday.
Milik Yarbrough added 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Zach Copeland scored seven of his 12 points in overtime.
Fayne scores 20, hits big FTs, in Illinois State’s OT win
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Phil Fayne scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and put Illinois State ahead with a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left in overtime as the Redbirds defeated BYU 92-89 on Wednesday night.
After Fayne's free throws, Josh Jefferson was fouled after grabbing a defensive rebound and added the final insurance points with 13 seconds remaining with the Cougars (5-3) then missing a pair of 3-point shots. Illinois State (6-2) made 17 of 18 free throws to BYU's 25 of 36.
Illinois State beats Div. II Lindenwood University 79-62
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Zach Copeland scored 15 points and Illinois State beat Division-II Lindenwood University 79-62 on Saturday.
Copeland was 6 of 9 from the field including three from distance for the Redbirds (4-2). Josh Jefferson added 14 points and Phil Fayne had 13 points and seven boards.
Illinois State shot 54 percent from the field compared to 35 percent for Lindenwood and had a 39-33 rebounding edge.
Illinois State rallies late, tops Chicago State 75-71
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Keyshawn Evans and Phil Fayne scored key late baskets off turnovers as Illinois State finished on a 13-3 run to rally past Chicago State 75-71 Tuesday night.
Milik Yarbrough led the Redbirds (3-1) with 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting and seven assists, Fayne added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and blocked three shots. Josh Jefferson tossed in 13 points and Evans six.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milik Yarbrough scored 24 points, made all seven free throws and Illinois State turned back a late Indiana State rally for a 77-70 quarterfinal victory in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Friday night.
Third-seeded Illinois State (17-14) advances to Saturday's semifinal round to face No. 2 seed Southern Illinois (20-12).
Illinois State pulls even with Drake after 89-81 OT win
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Keyshawn Evans and William Tinsley each drilled 3-pointers in overtime and Illinois State held on to beat Drake, 89-81 in the Redbirds home Missouri Valley Conference finale Wednesday night.
The victory pulls Illinois State into a tie with Drake for third place in the MVC standings with one game left to play. The teams split their season series.
Bradley downs Illinois St 70-58 in I-74 rivalry game
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Donte Thomas scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, Darrell Brown added 13 points and Bradley never trailed in beating Illinois State 70-58 in Wednesday night's I-74 rivarly game, ending an eight-game skid in the series.
Jayden Hodgson scored 10 points for the Braves (18-10, 8-7 Missouri Valley Conference), who are now tied with the Redbirds for fourth place.
Valparaiso beats short-handed Valparaiso 74-58
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Bakari Evelyn scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, Max Joseph had 10 of his 12 points in the second half and Valparaiso beat short-handed Illinois State 74-58 on Sunday.
Valpo had a 51-49 lead before breaking the game open with a 19-5 run for a 70-54 lead with 2:30 to go. Evelyn made three 3-pointers during the spurt and Markus Golder added five points.
Illinois State holds on for 75-71 win over Evansville
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough, Phil Fayne and Matt Hein scored 13 points apiece and Illinois State held on to beat Evansville 75-71 on Saturday.
Yarbrough, Evans lead Illinois St. over Missouri St. 76-60
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough and Keyshawn Evans scored 15 points apiece as Illinois State had five in double-figure scoring to cruise to a 76-60 victory over Missouri State on Tuesday night.
The Redbirds (12-11, 6-5 Missouri Valley Conference) have won two straight and swept Missouri State (15-9, 5-6).
Fayne ties career-high 24, Illinois State beats Valpo 76-65
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Phil Fayne tied his career high with 24 points on 11-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine boards to help Illinois State beat Valparaiso 76-65 on Saturday night.
Milik Yarbrough added 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Redbirds (11-11, 5-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Keyshawn Evans had three 3-pointers and scored 17.
Yarbrough powers Illinois State past Bradley, 70-57
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Illinois State knocked off Bradley, 70-57 in a Missouri Valley Conference battle Wednesday night.
The game marked the 125th meeting between the schools. Bradley holds a 63-62 edge in the series that dates to the 1904-05 season.
Illinois State hands Missouri State first MVC loss, 72-68
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Phil Fayne and Milik Yarbrough scored 23 points each as Illinois State forced Missouri State into uncharacteristic turnovers, handing the Bears their first Missouri Valley Conference loss, 72-68, Sunday.
Timmer hits 6 3s, scores 28; Drake beats Illinois St. 87-62
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Reed Timmer hit six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points and Nick McGlynn had his fourth double-double of the season to help Drake beat Illinois State 87-62 on Wednesday night for the Bulldogs' fourth win in a row.
McGlynn finished with 11 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and two blocks. De'Antae McMurray had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Jalen Gibbs also scored 12 for Drake (9-7, 3-0 Missouri Valley).
Illinois State holds on for 84-81 OT win against Indiana St
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough scored 29 points and tied a career-high with 10 rebounds, Phil Fayne scored 17 with 11 rebounds and Illinois State beat Indiana State 84-81 in overtime on Sunday.
Yarbrough's jumper to start overtime put Illinois State (8-6, 2-0 Missouri Valley) ahead. Indiana State's Brenton Scott made a pair of free throws to tie it at 73 before Taylor Bruninga nailed a 3 with 3:32 to play.
Evans scores final 7 points, Illinois State tops Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough had 28 points, Keyshawn Evans scored the final seven points of the game and Illinois State beat Evansville 72-66 on Saturday in a Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
Evans made all five of his 3-pointers, including two in the final 2:15. He came off a screen to hit a 3 from the wing for a 68-66 lead. Yarbrough drew two defenders and found Evans for an open 3 and Evans added a free throw with 9.2 seconds left.
Illinois State holds off Illinois-Chicago 71-70
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Keyshawn Evans hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 23 seconds to help Illinois State hold off Illinois-Chicago 71-70 on Tuesday night.
Murray State holds off Illinois State 78-72, wins 5 in a row
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Terrell Miller Jr. scored 25 points, Shaq Buchanan added 16, and Murray State held off Illinois State 78-72 on Saturday to win its fifth straight.
Illinois State beats Tulsa 65-58
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Milik Yarbrough had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, Phil Fayne added 17 points and eight boards, and Illinois State beat Tulsa 65-58 on Saturday night.
Lawson Korita gave Tulsa its first lead, 49-47, since it was 4-2.
Yarbrough made two free throws with 1:43 left to extend Illinois State's lead to 60-51. After Sterling Taplin hit a 3-pointer to cut it to six, Phil Fayne dunked and Illinois State held on.
Nevada makes 14 3-pointers, beats Illinois State 98-68
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Caleb Martin scored 21 points and Kendall Stephens added 19, and the duo made 11 3-pointers in a 98-68 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night.
Martin was 6 of 8 from long range and Stephens made 5 of 10, and the Wolf Pack finished 14-of-29 shooting from beyond the arc. Nevada (7-0) made a program-record 17 3s in its 89-74 win against Pacific on Nov. 18, and is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season. Nevada opened the 1951-52 season 14-0.
Redbirds beat Gamecocks 69-65 in Puerto Rico Tip-Off
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Illinois State coach Dan Muller decided to switch things up defensively and told his Redbirds to keep attacking off the dribble through contact — even if there were no fouls called — against a physical power-conference opponent.
Turns out, it was the perfect plan to beat South Carolina in the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
FGCU tops Illinois State 98-87 behind Johnson’s 27 points
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Zach Johnson scored a career-high 27 points, Brandon Goodwin added 21, and defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion Florida Gulf Coast beat Illinois State 98-87 in Saturday's season opener for both teams.