Balanced Illinois State beats Tennessee State 66-55
The Redbirds (6-7), shot a season-high 54 percent in the first half while holding Tennessee State (9-3) to 23 points - Illinois State's fewest points allowed in a half. The combination of good shooting and tight defense derailed Tennessee State's seven-game winning streak.
Keron Deshields scored 16 points and Christian Griggs-Williams added 12 with three 3-pointers for Tennessee State. The Tigers, picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley east conference, were 9-2 for the first time since the 1994-95 season.