Knight Sets ISU Newcomer of the Week Record with Fourth Selection
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Feb. 17, 2014
ST. LOUIS - For a program-record fourth time, junior guard Daishon Knight is the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the week. The Redbirds have now earned a league-best five Valley Newcomer of the Week honors this season.
Knight - who is the first-ever Redbird to earn MVC Newcomer of the Week four times - passed Boo Richardson's former record of three honors during the 2006-07 season. Knight and Loyola freshman Milton Doyle both lead the league with four Valley Newcomer of the Week honors in 2013-14. Additionally, ISU's five honors this season are the most since earning seven in 2006-07.
Knight scored a career-high 26 points with a career-best five three-pointers to lead Illinois State in its 70-54 win over I-74 Rival Bradley Saturday night, following a 15-point performance at Evansville (Feb. 12). His 26-point effort marked the most points netted by a Redbird since Tyler Brown's 28-point performance March 8, 2013, versus Northern Iowa.
The Baltimore, Md., native averaged a team-high 20.5 points per game on 54.2 percent (13-for-24) shooting from the field and a team-best 50.0 percent (5-for-10) from three-point range last week. Knight also shot a team-high 83.3 percent (10-for-12) at the free throw line, while averaging 3.0 rebounds.
In the Redbirds' win over Bradley Saturday night, Knight scored ISU's first seven points to help Illinois State jump out to a 7-2 lead. Knight's defensive rebound at the 16:03 mark then led to a Jamaal Samuel dunk, which lifted the Redbirds ahead 11-2. After Walt Lemon, Jr., cut Bradley's deficit to just two with 9:16 left in the first half, Knight scored a layup to give ISU a four-point advantage. A free throw by Knight with 33 seconds remaining secured Illinois State's 30-27 halftime lead.
Following halftime, Knight netted six of ISU's first eight second-half points to establish a six-point advantage. He then widened the gap permanently with two three-pointers and four free throws in the final eight minutes, as ISU went on to win by 16 points. Knight's 26-point effort led the Redbirds to their seventh-consecutive win over the rival Braves at home.
Knight was also instrumental in Illinois State's comeback attempt at Evansville (Feb. 12), as the Redbirds surmounted a 25-point second-half deficit to briefly take a one-point lead - and ultimately - force overtime, where the Purple Aces held off ISU. After scoring five first-half points, Knight contributed six in the Redbirds' 61-point second half. He netted back-to-back layups at the 16:52 and 16:01 marks to pull within 14.
Later, with 17 seconds remaining and Illinois State within two points, Knight netted a pair of pressure-packed free throws to send the game to overtime. In the overtime period, Knight netted all four of ISU's points on two free throws and a layup to finish with 15 points.
Knight leads ISU this season with 13.1 points on 37.0 percent shooting from the field, 32.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent free throw shooting, with 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals and a 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio per MVC game.
Knight and the Redbirds return to action Tuesday when they host Missouri State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. against the Bears on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.
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