>> ISU Beats Indiana State
Tyler Brown scored 24 points, including a key 3-pointer during a late 15-0 Illinois State run, and the Redbirds defeated Indiana State 67-54 Wednesday night.
Indiana State was leading 51-48 with less than 5 minutes to play, but Brown's 3-pointer with 3:31 left put the Redbirds in front 53-51. Brown then made two free throws and another jumper, and the Sycamores didn't score again until Jake Odum made two free throws with 54 seconds left.
Jackie Carmichael and John Wilkins of Illinois State each reached double figures in points and rebounds. Carmichael had 17 points and Wilkins scored 13; both grabbed 11 boards for the Redbirds (12-7, 4-4 Missouri Valley), who ended a 3-game losing streak.
Odum was the only player in double figures with 15 points for Indiana State (11-8, 2-6). The Sycamores have lost three straight and 5 of their last six.
>> Evansville Tops Bradley
Colt Ryan scored a career-high 39 points Wednesday night as Evansville cruised to a 90-67 victory over Bradley.
Ryan hit 12 of 21 from the field, augmenting that with a career-best eight 3-pointers in 14 attempts and 7 of 8 from the foul line. He scored nine in a row during a 17-0 run that put Evansville ahead 44-21 late in the first half.
The Purple Aces (9-9, 4-4 Missouri Valley) also got 16 points from Ned Cox, 12 from Ryan Sawvell and 11 from Kenny Harris. Troy Taylor had 10 rebounds for Evansville, which won its second in a row.
Jake Eastman hit four 3-pointers and led the Braves (6-14, 1-7) with 16 points. Jordan Prosser scored 12, Walt Lemon Jr. 11 and Taylor Brown 10.
Ryan's big night helped the Aces shoot 50.8% (32 of 63) and 57.1% (12 of 21) from 3-point range.