CANCUN, Mexico -- John Wilkins scored 21 points and Nic Moore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:29 to play as Illinois State defeated Rutgers 76-70 on Tuesday at the Cancun Challenge.
The Redbirds (3-1) also got 19 points from Tyler Brown, 11 from Moore and 10 from Jon Ekey.Eli Carter and Austin Johnson led the Scarlet Knights (3-2) with 12 points apiece. Gilvydas Biruta added 11 and Myles Mack 10.Illinois State never trailed until Dane Miller's 3-pointer put Rutgers up 66-65 with 3:16 left. Then, with the Redbirds trailing 68-67, Moore sank his clutch basket.Rutgers had an advantage in shooting, hitting 29 of 61 (47 percent) to Illinois State's 19 of 42 (45 percent.)But the Redbirds made 10 of 21 3-pointers and 28 of 38 free throws, while the Scarlet Knights went 4 of 11 from 3-point range and 8 of 18 from the line.