Illinois St. 96, Mississippi 93
Tyler Brown scored 26 points, Nic Moore added 24 and Illinois
State put on a record-setting shooting display in a 96-93 overtime
victory over Mississippi on Wednesday night in the first round of
Illinois State (21-13) set a Tad Smith Coliseum record for
3-pointers, making 17 of 23 (73.9 percent) from beyond the arc.
”We’re a very good shooting team,” Illinois State coach Tim
Jankovich said. ”But this was crazy.”
Brown was 8 of 9 from 3-point range, while Moore made all six of
his attempts. Illinois State shot 32 of 51 (62.7 percent) from the
field overall, including 5 of 6 (83.3 percent) in overtime.
Jon Ekey scored 15 points for the Redbirds, and Jackie
Carmichael added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
”We were just all feeling it and playing together,” Moore
said. ”They were crashing the boards and getting second-chance
shots, so it was tough to stay ahead. We knew they weren’t going to
give up. They kept battling back.”
LaDarius White scored 25 points and Terrance Henry added 21 for
Ole Miss (20-14), which lost in the NIT’s first round for the
second straight season.
Brown put Illinois State up 61-49 after his seventh 3-pointer
with 12:22 remaining in regulation and it looked as if the Redbirds
would cruise, but Ole Miss rallied to tie it late and Jarvis
Summers just missed a 10-foot jumper at the buzzer to send it to
Brown actually did all of his damage in just 23 minutes, missing
time because of a slight knee injury and then fouling out with 4:40
remaining in regulation. Moore was right there to pick up the
slack, hitting three of his 3-pointers after Brown left the
”(Brown and Moore) just don’t really surprise me anymore
because they’ve done so many good things,” Jankovich said. ”As
amazing as these numbers are, it’s not shocking. I’m really
thrilled, but I’m not shocked. These guys are a little
Illinois State scored the first two baskets in overtime and
never looked back. The Rebels had the ball with a chance to tie or
win down 95-93 with 10 seconds remaining, but Nick Williams threw a
cross-court pass out of bounds and Anthony Cousin hit a final free
throw and intentionally missed the second with 1.8 seconds left to
seal the victory.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said his team could never string
together enough stops to win the game.
”I can’t believe we forced an extra period considering the
numbers I’m looking at in front of me,” Kennedy said.
Summers had his first career double-double for the Rebels with
16 points and 12 assists. Murphy Holloway added 16 points.
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