ST THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell scored 20 points and hauled in seven rebounds, Daishon Knight finished with 18 points, and Illinois State beat Weber State 73-64 in the opening round of the Paradise Jam on Friday night.
Reggie Lynch added 12 points on 5-of-9 from the field for the Red Birds (1-1), who outrebounded Weber State 17-9 on the offensive end and held a 42-24 advantage on points in the paint.
Joel Bolomboy scored 20 points to lead Weber State (1-2). Richaud Gittens added 12 for the Wildcats, who struggled from the field, shooting just 18-of-42.
Illinois State used a 12-0 run to build 44-28 by the end of the first half. The Wildcats would get within five late in the second, but could not complete the comeback.