Scores

Final

Illinois State 41

(6-3, 0-1 MVC)

Evansville 69

(6-3, 1-0 MVC)

    3:05 PM ET, December 9, 2006

    Roberts Stadium, Evansville, Indiana

    1 2 T
    ILST 27 1441
    EVAN 28 4169

    Top Performers

    Illinois St: O. Eldridge 9 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl

    Evansville: M. Webster 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Evansville 69, Illinois State 41

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Matt Webster scored five of his 21 points in the Evansville's decisive run to open the second half as Purple Aces beat Illinois State 69-41 Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.

    Evansville led by a single point at halftime but outscored the Redbirds 28-4 to take a 56-31 lead on Shy Ely's jumper with 9:51 left in the game. The Aces built their lead to as many as 33 points, 66-33, on Bradley Strickland's layup with 4:34 remaining.

    Strickland finished with 12 points and five rebounds for the Aces (6-3, 1-0).

    Illinois State shot 27 percent (14-for-52) for the game, including just 5-for-22 in the second half. Evanville shot 60 percent in the second half (15-for-25).

    Dominitrix Johnson led the Redbirds (6-3, 0-1) with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Osiris Eldridge added nine points and seven rebounds for Illinois State.

    Evansville outscored Illinois State 26-14 in the paint but was outrebounded 36-32. Illinois State committed 17 turnovers which Evansville turned into 13 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ILST
    EVAN
    Points 41 69
    FG Made-Attempted 14-52 (.269) 26-49 (.531)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-26 (.269) 8-12 (.667)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-11 (.545) 9-16 (.563)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 28

    2006-07 Season

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