Moore has 14 points to lead Indiana St. to 76-72 comeback victory

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP)—Gabe Moore scored 14 points and had seven assists to lead Indiana State over Illinois State 76-72 in the Missouri Valley Conference on Saturday.

Harry Marshall and Jay Tunnell also had 14 points and Marico Stinson added 12 as the Sycamores (12-13, 7-8 MVC) overcame a 13-point deficit with 2:55 left in the first half, narrowing the margin to 40-35 at the break.

Osiris Eldridge led Illinois State (18-8, 10-5) with 34 points, including 7-of-9 on 3-pointers, but the Redbirds, after hitting 5-of-8 beyond the arc in the first half, managed just 2-of-8 in the second period against a tougher Indiana State defense that allowed just 32 points after the break.

The lead changed hands seven times with five ties but Indiana State outscored the Redbirds 16-6 on second-half points. The Sycamores’ bench scored 17 points to 12 for Illinois State’s.

Moore, who scored 27 points to pace Indiana State in a 76-66 victory over Bradley on Tuesday, made 8-of-9 free throws against Illinois State as the Sycamores as a team went 21-of-26 at the foul line to seal their 11th victory in 12 home games this season.

Tunnell and Illinois State’s Dinma Odiakosa tied for the game high in rebounds with eight each.

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 Top Performers
 Illinois St.
Osiris Eldridge Osiris Eldridge
12-18,  34 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Indiana St.
Gabriel Moore Gabriel Moore
3-8,  14 Pts
4 Rebs, 7 Assists

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