Sillinois 31 17 48
Illinoisst 38 28 66
Date of game: 1/5/2014

Recap: Illinois State vs. Southern Ill

Normal, IL ( - Zach Lofton scored 18 points as the Illinois State Redbirds delivered a 66-48 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis in Missouri Valley Conference action at Redbird Arena.

Also scoring in double figures for the Redbirds (8-6, 1-1 MVC) was Bobby Hunter with 15 points, hitting all seven of his free-throw attempts off the bench for a team that has won three of the last four.

Southern Illinois (4-11, 0-2), which has lost three in a row, was led by Desmar Jackson who tallied a game-high 19 points, but he was the only player in double figures for the visitors.

The Salukis shot just 35.3 percent from the floor in the first half, including 2-of-8 behind the 3-point line, but the team was able to come up with 11 second-chance points, thanks to nine offensive rebounds. However, SIU still had to settle for a 38-31 deficit at the break.

In the second half Illinois State put together a 17-2 run to pull away and secure the comfortable win at home.

Southern Illinois shot just 31.5 percent from the field on the day, including 3-of-14 behind the 3-point line.

The 48 points by SIU are the fewest since the team was taken down by Creighton, 59-45, on Feb. 19, 2013.

Game Notes

The Inside Line: Kyle Busch's chances of making the Chase

Kyle Busch won Sunday's road course race in Sonoma, California, but he still has a long way to go to become eligible for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Extra Points: Bennett is far down on Seahawks' list

NFL players have a very short shelf life to make significant amounts of money so it's tough to fault anyone who has outperformed a contract when they go knocking on the door to ask for more.

Mackanin to remain Phillies interim manager

Pete Mackanin will remain interim manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for the remainder of the season, the team announced Tuesday.

Report: Thunder sign Singler to extension

The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly retained restricted free agent forward Kyle Singler with a five-year contract extension.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.