Scores

Final

Niagara 76

(7-4, 2-0 MAAC)

Illinois State 68

(7-1, 5-1 home)

3:05 PM ET, December 13, 2009

Redbird Arena, Normal, Illinois

1 2 T
NIAG 35 4176
ILST 33 3568

Top Performers

Niagara: T. Lewis 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

Illinois State: D. Odiakosa 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast

Niagara 76, Illinois St. 68

Associated Press

NORMAL, Ill. -- Tyrone Lewis scored 26 points Sunday as Niagara handed Illinois State its first loss of the season, 76-68.

Kashief Edwards scored 14 points and Austin Cooley 10 for Niagara (7-4), which also won when the teams met last year in Lewiston, N.Y., as part of the BracketBusters event.

Dinma Odiakosa led Illinois State (7-1) with 14 points. Osiris Eldridge scored 12 for the Redbirds, but was 5-for-18 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. Illinois State made only five 3-pointers in 23 attempts. Lewis had five of the Purple Eagles' 10 3-pointers.

Jackie Carmichael had 11 points and Kellen Thornton 10 for the Redbirds, who outrebounded Niagara 49-28. Carmichael and Odiakosa each had 13 rebounds.

The Redbirds' last lead was 53-51 after an Eldridge layup with 10:47 to go, then the Purple Eagles began a 12-4 run and controlled the game the rest of the way.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIAG
ILST
Points 76 68
FG Made-Attempted 25-54 (.463) 29-69 (.420)
3P Made-Attempted 10-21 (.476) 5-23 (.217)
FT Made-Attempted 16-25 (.640) 5-9 (.556)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 9 6

2009-10 Season

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