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Redbirds Snap Seven Game Losing Streak

Written by on January 29, 2020

NORMAL- The Illinois State Redbirds finally snapped their seven game losing streak as they defeated the Evansville Purple Aces 77-66.

Despite trailing by one to end the first half, the Redbirds turned it around in the second half and outscored Evansville 41-29. 

“Second half we did a lot of really good things, loved how we shared the ball,” said Head Coach Dan Muller. “Evansville hit some threes in the first half that they haven’t been making, but that’s what happens.”

Five Redbirds finished in double-digit scoring and the Redbirds shot 46.7% from the field. It seemed like everyone played on a whole different level. 

“We had guys step up, make plays offensively, whether it was Keith inside, Jaycee, Zach, you can go down the list. You’re a better team when you make shots and you make more shots when you don’t turn it over and play the right way,” said Coach Muller.

The Redbirds were led by Jaycee Hillsman who had a career high 20 points which included 4 three-pointers and provided the spark the Redbirds needed in order to come back and win the game.  The Redbirds went on a 7-0 run to close out the game.

The Redbirds will be on the road this Saturday night to take on Valparaiso at 7:00.