Recap: Illinois State vs. Manhattan
Normal, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - George Beamon scored 24 points as the Manhattan Jaspers posted a 79-70 win over the Illinois State Redbirds in non-conference action at Redbird Arena.
Rhamel Brown registered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Jaspers (3-1), while Michael Alvarado and Donovan Kates pitched in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Redbirds (1-3) were paced by Daishon Knight with 21 points, followed by Reggie Lynch with 12 and both Nick Zeisloft and Zach Lofton with 10 points in the setback. Although he didn't a take a single shot attempt in 25 minutes, Michael Middlebrooks did contribute with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the contest, with Manhattan hitting on 35.5 percent from the floor and 2-of-10 beyond the arc in the first half, compared to the Redbirds with their 37.5 percent from the field and 1-of-6 on the perimeter, leaving the visitors with a 36-30 lead at the break.
In the second half each side again had issues from the floor, but the Jaspers remained out in front thanks to a 22-of-28 effort at the free-throw line, en route to the nine-point victory.
Both teams turned the ball over 21 times, but Manhattan held a 46-32 rebounding advantage as well as a 34-24 scoring edge at the charity stripe.Game Notes