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....
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...
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...
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...
Freeman helps Valparaiso upset Illinois State 69-53 on road
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Freshman Javon Freeman scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting and Valparaiso upset Illinois State 69-53 on Tuesday night.
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.
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.
Townes scores 21 points, Loyola-Chicago edges Illinois St.
CHICAGO (AP) — Marques Townes scored 21 points and Loyola-Chicago held off Illinois State 67-64 on Saturday despite going the final six minutes without a field goal.
The Ramblers compensated for the 0-for-6 drought by making 6 of 6 from the line in the last two minutes. They made 12 of 16 free throws for the game.
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.
Golder’s half-court shot lifts Valparaiso over Illinois St.
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Markus Golder put up a leaping, one-handed shot from half court , the ball snapping through the net at the buzzer as Valparaiso completed a wild last-minute comeback to defeat Illinois State 58-56 in a Missouri Valley Conference opener Wednesday night.
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.