NORMAL, Ill. -- Tyler Brown scored 19 points, leading five Illinois State players in double figures, and the Redbirds held on to beat Lipscomb 78-70 on Saturday night.
John Wilkins had 15 points, Anthony Cousin scored 13, and Jon Ekey and Johnny Hill each scored 11 for Illinois State (2-1). The Redbirds led 41-30 at halftime but the Bison (1-3) got within a point twice in the second half, the last at 61-60. Hill scored for Illinois State and Brown hit a 3-pointer with 5:30 to go. Lipscomb never came within four points after that.Robert Boyd led all scorers with 21 points for Lipscomb. Zavion Williams scored 18 points and Malcolm Smith added 11 for the Bison.