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Image courtesy of Illinois State Athletics NORMAL, Ill. – In the spring of 2021, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Snellville, Georgia, decided to transfer away from Appalachian State. He left the mountains of Boone, North Carolina, for Normal, Illinois. Kendall Lewis spent three seasons at Illinois State University, leaving a lasting legacy in CEFCU Arena and the […]

Image courtesy of Redbird Athletics ST. LOUIS – It was a tough defeat for Illinois State University as they suffered a 59-53 defeat to the Evansville Purple Aces. Being a seventh seed, the fanbase had expectations of seeing past the first round of the Arch Madness Tournament. However, for the second year in a row, […]

Image courtesy of Redbird Athletics ST. LOUIS – 7-seeded Illinois State experienced heartbreak as they lost to the 10-seeded Evansville Purple Aces in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, 59-43.   The Redbirds did not lead once during this game, falling behind Evansville 25-21 to close the first half. Evansville shot 32% […]

Image courtesy of Redbird Athletics NORMAL Ill. – In a thrilling matchup against the Missouri State Bears, Illinois State men’s basketball faced a nail-biting second half with less than three seconds remaining, trailing by just one point. The spotlight turned to Johnny Kinziger, a freshman emerging as a standout player in the Missouri Valley Conference. […]

Image courtesy of Redbird Athletics In a 48-45 Saturday night battle, the Illinois State Redbirds fell short to the Bradley Braves for the second time this season. Both teams struggled in three-point land. The first half was filled with physicality and not much offense as the game was tied at 21 points a piece. ISU […]

Image courtesy of Redbird Athletics The Illinois State Men’s Basketball team kept the momentum rolling as they defeated the Northern Iowa Panthers last night by a score of 81-73. This is the Redbirds third win in a row and their first win against the Panthers since December 31st, 2019. Coach Ryan Pedon’s squad is starting […]

NORMAL, Ill. – The I-74 rivalry’s latest chapter was a forgettable one for the Redbirds as Bradley won 73-60. ISU never once led in the game and allowed the Braves to stretch the lead up to 25 at one point midway through the second half. Malevy Leons led the Bradley offense with 23 points and […]

Image courtesy of Redbird Athletics A loud atmosphere is what fans can expect anytime a contest takes place at the Horton Field House, and the 2023 iteration of the “Return to Horton” game was no exception. In a tough battle, the Illinois State men’s basketball team fell to Norfolk State Spartans, 64-58. There were 3,788 […]

Image courtesy of Illinois State Athletics NORMAL, Ill. – Season two for Illinois State basketball head coach Ryan Pedon has officially begun. While the Redbirds are off to a 1-0 start after beating Lourdes on Monday 75-56, the Redbirds will tip-off play against Division-I opponents starting on Saturday against Saint Louis.  Coming off an 11-21 […]

NORMAL, Ill- The Redbirds men’s basketball team took on Lourdes University Tuesday at CEFCU Arena and came out on top in their home opener. Following there big win in the exhibition game against Illinois Wesleyan, the Redbirds wanted to start off their season on the right foot compared to last season being 1-0 currently as […]