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Sunday, February 24, 2008 | Men's Basketball
Illinois State Wraps Up Tremendous Weekend in Men's Hoops
Illinois State completed the league's five-game BracketBusters' sweep on Sunday, beating Wright State, 54-46. The Redbirds reached 20 wins for the first time in seven seasons. The Valley won all five of its ESPNU BracketBusters appearances, and the league went 8-2 on the weekend overall as the league enters its final week of the regular season.
Alongside Holloway, freshman guard Alex Rubin also set a career-high with seven points, while senior forward Anthony Slack added seven points and a game-high eight rebounds. Seven different Redbirds scored in the game, but only Holloway cracked double-figures.
Scottie Wilson led the Wright State attack with 13 points and five rebounds. Vaughn Duggins was the other Raider in double-figures with 10 points.
The first half featured 10 lead changes and neither team led by more than three points. The Redbirds committed 10 turnovers and shot just 40 percent from the field (9-of-22), but Wright State shot a mere 33 percent (9-of-27). Illinois State made four three-pointers to only two for Wright State to hold a 22-20 lead at the break.
Illinois State went on an 18-1 run, including an 11-0 spurt that spanned both halves, to take a 35-21 lead at the 13:18 mark. Over that 12-minute span, Wright State did not make a field goal.
ISU took its largest lead of the game, 48-30, on a pair of free throws by Rubin with six minutes remaining. Wright State countered with a 16-2 run of its own to cut the lead to just three points, 49-46, with just 49 seconds on the clock, but the Raiders were unable to score again after that.
Sophomore guard Osiris Eldridge sealed the deal by making two free-throws with 0:14 remaining and gave the Redbirds their final eight-point lead. Eldridge, ISU’s leading scorer on the season, was held to just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting, but finished the game as the Redbirds secondleading rebounder with six caroms.
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