Illinoisst 24 27 51
Wichitast 26 40 66
Date of game: 3/9/2013

Recap: Wichita State vs. Illinois State

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Carl Hall recorded 16 points and eight rebounds as the Wichita State Shockers defeated the Illinois State Redbirds, 66-51, in the semifinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center.

Malcolm Armstead tallied 15 points and nine boards for the Shockers (26-7), who will face Creighton in Sunday afternoon's championship game.

For the Redbirds (18-15), Jackie Carmichael scored a game-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds and three blocks. John Wilkins and Tyler Brown added nine points a piece.

In the first half, Wichita State made 11-of-29 field goal attempts as it took a 26-24 advantage at the break. Illinois State was held to a mere 7-of-23 from the floor, but it kept the game close by outscoring the Shockers at the foul line, 7-1.

The Shockers shot 44.4 percent from the field after halftime and 77.8 percent from the foul line as they cruised to the win. The Redbirds regressed in the second half to just 9-of-32 from the field (.281).

Wichita State won the rebounding battle, 48-31.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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