NORMAL, Ill. -- Jon Ekey scored 19 points and Tyler Brown had 18 -- on six 3-point shots -- and Illinois State rolled to an 85-41 victory over Chicago State Wednesday night.
The 44-point margin was the Redbirds' largest since a 2000 victory of 42 points, also over Chicago State. It was 27-14 when Illinois State scored the next 11 points for the biggest lead of the first half at 38-14. It was 42-21 at halftime.Illinois State (5-2) owned a 46-26 rebounding advantage over the Cougars, led by Jackie Carmichael's eight. Nic Moore had eight points and seven assists.The Redbirds attempted a school-record 38 3-pointers and made 14. Brown was 6 for 11 in the game, all from 3-point range.Matt Samuels led all scorers with 22 points, more than half of the total for Chicago State (0-7). Lee Fisher had 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.