Redbirds advance to MVC tournament final with 63-50 win over Salukis

MiKyle Macintosh had 15 points in Illinois State's victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday.
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ST. LOUIS — MiKyle McIntosh scored 15 points and No. 1 seed Illinois State never trailed in a 63-50 win over fourth-seeded Southern Illinois on Saturday to advance to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.

Paris Lee added 12 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, and Phil Fayne grabbed 11 rebounds for the Redbirds, who will play either second-seeded Wichita State or No. 6 seed Missouri State on Sunday for the championship.

Illinois State (27-5) rolled to a 43-20 halftime lead. A 3-pointer from Tony Wills early in the second half gave the Redbirds their largest advantage of the game, 52-22, before Southern Illinois used a 16-2 run to trim the gap back to 13 late in the game.

Sean Lloyd led Southern Illinois (17-16) with 12 points and Mike Rodriguez had 11.

The victory extended Illinois State’s record for most wins in a season.