Knight Earns Valley Newcomer of the Week Honor
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Dec. 2, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Junior guard Daishon Knight is the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the week, as announced by the league office Monday. The Redbirds have earned a newcomer of the week honor in two out of the first four weeks this season.
Knight averaged 15.0 points per game on 16-for-31 (51.6 percent) shooting from the field plus 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game to lead Illinois State to a 2-1 finish, tying the Redbirds for first place, at the round-robin University of San Francisco Golden Gate Challenge last week. Knight also shot 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) at the free throw line.
The Baltimore, Md., native matched a career-high with 21 points to lead Illinois State in Friday's win against Sonoma State. He shot a game-best 8-for-10 (80.0 percent) from the field, including 3-for-4 (75.0 percent) from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 (100 percent) from the free throw line. Knight also grabbed five rebounds with two assists.
Knight netted five-consecutive points for the Redbirds in the first half to build ISU's lead after Sonoma State had trimmed the Redbird advantage to one. Knight also grabbed a defensive rebound and hit a three-pointer to end the first half, giving ISU a seven-point lead and momentum going into the locker room.
Nine seconds into the second half, Knight scored again, this time on a layup. Sonoma State came back to cut ISU's lead to four, but Knight once again responded, scoring a jumper, a layup and earning the assist on a Kaza Keane three-pointer as part of a 7-0 run. Knight closed out the Redbird victory with two free throws in the final minute to secure Illinois State's 75-58 win.
In ISU's victory over host-San Francisco Saturday night, Knight joined six Redbirds in double-figures with 12 points to go along with game and career-highs in rebounds (8), assists (6) and steals (3). Knight was 4-for-8 from the field, 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 at the free throw line.
During a key three-minute stretch in the first half, Knight scored two jumpers, grabbed two defensive rebounds and collected two assists and one steal to help turn a six-point deficit into a two-point Redbird lead. He also contributed with a key three-pointer, plus an offensive rebound and an assist during a 12-2 run to start the second half, building a 16-point Illinois State advantage.
In the Redbirds' game Wednesday versus Vermont, Knight registered 12 points, with a team-best four assists and three steals, plus a pair of rebounds. Knight helped build a 13-point ISU advantage by scoring a layup midway through the first half. Then in the second half, he netted four-consecutive points to help ISU establish a five-point lead at the 8:37 mark.
Knight now ranks second on the team with 13.6 points per game. He is shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 70.3 percent from the free throw line.
After finishing 2-1 at the USF Golden Gate Challenge, Knight and the Redbirds return to Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena for four out of the next five games, starting this Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:05 p.m. versus Chicago State. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Redbird Arena ticket office at (309) 438-8000 or by clicking here.
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