Illinoisst 40 28 68
Nwestern 22 42 64
Date of game: 11/17/2013

Recap: Northwestern vs. Illinois State

Evanston, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Daishon Knight and Zach Lofton both scored 15 points as the Illinois State Redbirds held on to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats, 68-64, in a non-conference battle at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Also scoring in double figures for the Redbirds (1-2) were John Jones and Reggie Lynch with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Michael Middlebrooks contributed with a team-best 11 rebounds before fouling out.

The Wildcats (1-2) were paced by JerShon Cobb who tallied 19 points, although he shot just 4-of-12 from the floor. Drew Crawford's 13 points were followed by 12 from Tre Demps.

Illinois State dominated in the first half, shooting 51.6 percent from the field and outscoring the hosts in the paint by a 24-12 margin, en route to a 40-22 advantage at the break. The Wildcats converted a mere seven field goals in the period.

In the second half it was Illinois State that struggled from the floor (8- of-28), allowing the Wildcats to battle back and challenge for the win before Tony Willis and Paris Lee connected on critical free throws in the final seconds.

Northwestern finished the meeting with just five 3-point baskets on 18 attempts, not to mention only 17-of-27 shooting at the charity stripe.

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.

Niners place rookie LB Borland on IR

San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland will miss the final two games of the season because of an ankle injury.

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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