Illinois St. 59, Louisiana-Monroe 55

Illinois State built up a 20-point first-half lead, then held on

down the stretch to defeat Louisiana-Monroe 59-55 Saturday night in

the Global Sports Roundball Classic.

Austin Hill had 16 points and Jackie Carmichael 14 for the

Redbirds (4-1), who led 29-9 with 3:16 left in the first half.

Louisiana-Monroe (2-4) pulled within 33-18 by halftime, then

used a 13-2 run early in the second half to pull within 37-31. The

Warhawks cut the deficit to two points on a 3-pointer by Fred Brown

with 2:33 left in the game, but couldn’t get any closer. They had

the ball, trailing 56-54 with 20 seconds remaining, but Brown

missed on a jump shot and Illinois State closed it out at the

free-throw line.

Lawrence Gilbert had 17 points and Brown 13 for

Louisiana-Monroe, which made 9 of 21 3-pointers but only 6 of 11

free throws.

The Redbirds, conversely, were 17 for 24 at the line, but 2 for

14 from long range.