Wichita State 68, Illinois State 67
Wichita State 68, Illinois State 67: Cleanthony Early made a game-winning 3-pointer with eight seconds left, capping an 8-0 run in the final 44 seconds of regulation, as the host Shockers came back to beat the Redbirds and maintain sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
After Johnny Hill made two free throws to push Illinois Stateâs lead to 67-60 with 41 seconds left, Early made two free throws before Demetric Williams made a deep ball to pull Wichita State (22-5, 11-4) within two with 31 seconds to go.
Malcolm Armstead led the Shockers with a game-high 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Carl Hall had 13 points, Early finished with 12 off the bench and Williams chipped in 10 and seven rebounds.
Tyler Brown scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Illinois State (16-11, 7-8), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Hill had 14 points and seven rebounds and Jackie Carmichael added 12 points and nine rebounds, but missed a potential game-winning jumper with two seconds remaining.
After Wichita State ran out to a 5-2 lead, Illinois State reeled off 17 straight points to gain a 19-5 edge and ultimately take a 27-20 cushion into halftime. The Shockers pulled within four twice in the second half before Hillâs free throws bumped the Redbirds lead to seven again.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Wichita State recorded 25 fouls and Illinois State was 30-of-33 (90.9 percent) from the foul line. â¦ The Shockers lead No. 23 Creighton by one game atop the MVC standings. The Bluejays host Southern Illinois on Tuesday. â¦ Wichita State trailed from 6:48 into the first half until Earlyâs game-winner.