>>Illinois State Tops Bradley
Daishon Knight scored 20 points - including five 3-pointers - and three others joined in double-figure scoring as Illinois State defeated Bradley 82-72 on Saturday.
Bobby Hunter added 14 points and five assists for the he Redbirds (11-7, 3-3 Missouri Valley) and Tony Willis and Paris Lee added 12 points each.
Illinois State shot 51 percent from the field (26-51) and drained 13 3-pointers. The Redbirds scored 17 of 23 at the foul line to Bradley's 10 of 16.
Bradley (6-13, 1-5) also shot well from the field (25 of 50), making a season-best 12 of 27 from 3-point range and placing four shooters in double figures. Warren Jones led with 19 points with five 3-pointers, freshman Josh Cunningham added a career-best 17, and Tramique Sutherland and Auston Barnes added 12 each.
The Redbirds jumped out 8-2 and led 46-31 at the break, cruising through the second half.
>>Indiana Comes Back To Top Illinois
Troy Williams and James Blackmon Jr. both tallied 21 points as the Indiana Hoosiers grabbed the 80-74 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten Conference battle at State Farm Center.
Blackmon Jr. knocked down four of his six shots from 3-point range and Williams not only cleared a team-best nine rebounds, he also converted several key free throws down the stretch in order for the Hoosiers (14-4, 4-1 Big Ten) to extend their win streak to three in a row.
Also scoring in double figures for the visitors was Nick Zeisloft with 10 points off the bench. Kevin Ferrell shot only 1-of-9 from the floor and finished with seven points, but he also accounted for nine assists, against just a single turnover.
Illinois (12-7, 2-4), which has dropped two of the last three contests, was paced by Kendrick Nunn with a game-high 24 points on 6-of-10 shooting beyond the arc. Ahmad Starks contributed 19 points and six assists in a reserve role, hitting 5-of-8 on the perimeter, while Malcolm Hill tacked on 12 points and three steals.
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>>Michigan's LeVert Done For Season
(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Michigan's season took a turn for the worse on Sunday. The Wolverines will be without junior Caris LeVert for the rest of the season after he injured his left foot in a win Saturday at home against Northwestern. He will have surgery this week, on the same foot he had surgery on in May. LeVert is Michigan's leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game. The Wolverines play Rutgers on Tuesday. They're 11-and-7 overall and 4-and-2 in the Big Ten.