Free throws seal 49-47 Illinois St. win at Evansville

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP)—Dinma Odiakosa hit the go-ahead layup and Anthony Slack hit two free throws to seal the win, all in the final minute as Illinois State beat Evansville 49-47 Wednesday night in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Emmanuel Holloway and Boo Richardson scored 10 each to lead the Redbirds (19-8, 11-5 MVC) in a game that included six lead changes and seven ties, the last at 45-45 with 1:07 left,

Illinois State led 45-41 on a Richardson layup when Nate Garner tied the game and then put the Purple Aces on top with a pair of free throws. But Odiakosa’s layup with 43 seconds left gave the Redbirds, who shot just 29.8 percent but made 6-of-20 3-point shots, a 47-46 lead.

After a foul and a timeout, Slack hit a pair of free throws to give Illinois State a 49-46 edge. Evansville’s Shy Ely then hit one free throw but missed a second, making it 49-47. The Redbirds’ Osiris Eldridge missed a free throw in the final seconds.

Darin Granger scored 15 to lead Evansville (8-13, 3-13), which shot 41.9 percent. Garner had 10.

Illinois State had 15 points from free throws while Evansville had just eight.

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 Illinois St.
Anthony Slack Anthony Slack
2-4,  9 Pts
12 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Evansville
Nate Garner Nate Garner
2-5,  10 Pts
9 Rebs, 2 Assists

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