Illinois State beats Evansville 71-67 to advance in MVC
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) Deontae Hawkins made four 3-pointers and scored 17 to points to help fourth-seeded Illinois State defeat fifth-seeded Evansville 71-67 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals.
D.J. Balentine scored 17 points to lead Evansville (19-12).
Evansville shot 59 percent in taking a 37-31 halftime lead but went 2 of 12 over the first 10 minutes of the second half while the Redbirds went on a 19-7 run to lead 50-44.
Evansville was within two with 16 seconds remaining but the Redbirds' Paris Lee made two free throws and Evansville missed its final two shots.