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 St: 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

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