Redbirds Take Down Sonoma State, 75-58
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Nov. 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO - Daishon Knight shot 8-for-10 from the field to lead Illinois State with 21 points in a 75-58 victory over Sonoma State Friday night at the San Francisco Golden Gate Challenge.
Knight matched a career-high and shot 3-for-4 from three-point range for Illinois State (2-4). The Baltimore, Md., native, also grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists. Zach Lofton added 19 points for the Redbirds, while Reggie Lynch collected a team-best seven rebounds with three blocks and one steal.
The NCAA Division II Seawolves (1-3) were led offensively by Justin Herold's 21-point performance, while Brandon Glanz led Sonoma State's rebounding effort with eight boards.
ISU led almost the entire game, as Sonoma State only tied the score once, 9-9, with 14:19 remaining in the first half. The Redbirds drained five-consecutive three-pointers to begin the contest, building a 15-11 advantage at the 12:23 mark. After Sonoma State cut a seven-point Redbird lead down to 30-28 with 2:43 left in the first, ISU answered with a 7-2 run to end the half, giving Illinois State a 37-30 halftime advantage.
The Redbirds carried that momentum into the second half, as a Bobby Hunter layup at the 17:43 mark lifted Illinois State in front by nine. However, Sonoma State responded with an 8-0 run, which included two layups by Glanz, to pull within 43-42, with 14:33 remaining in regulation. But, an ensuing 8-1 run by the Redbirds propelled ISU ahead, 51-43, midway through the half.
Illinois State's final margin of victory - 17 points - also represented ISU's largest lead of the game. Defensively, the Redbirds held the Seawolves to 35.3 percent shooting, including 3-for-12 from beyond the arc. Illinois State shot 44.0 percent, including 10-for-21 from three-point range.
Now 1-1 in the USF Golden Gate Challenge, Illinois State concludes tournament play Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10:15 p.m. CT against host-San Francisco.
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