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January 7th Game of the Day: Missouri State Bears at Illinois State Redbirds

Rhodes, Jarrid
Senior wing Jarrid Rhodes (15) will look to help guide Missouri State to a fifth straight win on Sunday afternoon when they face off against the Illinois State Redbirds. (Source: The Standard) (Header: Illinois State Athletics)

NORMAL, Ill. — In the off-season, the Wichita State Shockers made the move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the American Athletic Conference.

The move added stiffer competition for the Shockers and bolstered the talent level of the AAC as a conference. At the same time, it opened up the Missouri Valley Conference and made the race for the league title much more exciting than in year’s past.

The Missouri State Bears came into the season as the preseason favourites, and have lived up to the bill through three games. Coming into Sunday’s contest against the Illinois State Redbirds, the Bears are one of just two teams who are still undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference play, along with the Drake Bulldogs (4-0).

Missouri State has won four straight games, and will be looking to move to 4-0 in conference play. The Redbirds won’t make things easy, as they are coming off a loss that ended their own four-game winning streak. On their home floor, Illinois State will be looking to start a new winning streak at the expense of the Bears.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Sunday afternoon’s Missouri Valley Conference game between Missouri State and Illinois State. Continue reading January 7th Game of the Day: Missouri State Bears at Illinois State Redbirds

RECAP: Illinois State fights off Evansville, 80-69 

Photo courtesy of David Proeber of The Pantagraph.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Illinois State sophomore Keyshawn Evans said he liked the rims inside Scottrade Center. 

It showed on Friday afternoon.

Propelled by 15 points from Evans and a 19-point, 5-rebound, 2-assist performance by senior Deontae Hawkins, the Redbirds (26-5, 17-1) fought off pesky Evansville (16-17, 6-12), 80-69.

Bench production decided the contest. Illinois State outscored Evansville 30-8 in the battle of subs.

“Credit to Evansville. I thought they played unbelievably hard,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller. “They competed (and) had to keep fighting back. (They) had to make some big plays down the stretch.”

As Thursday night, the Purple Aces jumped on their opponent out of the gates. Eighth-seeded Evansville ran ahead to a multi-possession lead before the first media timeout. Continue reading RECAP: Illinois State fights off Evansville, 80-69 

RECAP: MiKyle McIntosh, Illinois State Redbirds advance to 6-0, defeat Wichita State

Photo courtesy of David Proeber & The Pantagraph.

NORMAL, Ill. — The Birds in red have done it again.

In a matchup of Missouri Valley Conference unbeatens, Illinois State defeated Wichita State, 76-62. A combined 21 points off the bench flew the Redbirds ahead of the relentless Shockers in front of a crowd of 9,078.

“I’m really happy for our team. We continue to guard at a high level,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller. “A lot of guys stepped up and made plays offensively. I thought we had a couple things that we hurt them with. In the end, guys made shots.”

On the first possession, Illinois State senior Paris Lee ignited the red sea with a three-pointer. Moments later, fellow senior Tony Wills got in on the act, nailing back-to-back triples, to extend the advantage. Two more from Lee supplied an 11-5 edge prior to the first media timeout. Continue reading RECAP: MiKyle McIntosh, Illinois State Redbirds advance to 6-0, defeat Wichita State