Clevin Hannah scored 22 points to lead Wichita State to a 74-66 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night.
Toure' Murry added 12 points to help the Shockers (18-4, 7-3 Missouri Valley) maintain their hold on second place in the conference.
Lloyd Phillips scored 22 points to lead the Redbirds (14-7, 5-5).
Wichita State took control early in the second half, putting together an 11-0 run for a 50-34 lead with 12:50 remaining. Hannah scored six straight points during the stretch.
Illinois State rallied late with a 16-6 run to close within 70-66 with 39 seconds to play, but Hannah and Graham Hatch hit free throws to seal the victory.
The Shockers led 14-6 early, and 3-pointers from David Kyles and J.T. Durley were part of an 8-0 run that gave Wichita State a 37-30 halftime advantage.