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Illinois State powers past Bradley 70-54

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NORMAL -- Daishon Knight scored a career-high 26 points to propel Illinois State to a 70-54 win over Bradley on Saturday night.

Illinois State (14-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley) broke away with a 13-4 spurt early in the second half that included 3-pointers from Bobby Hunter and Zach Lofton to take a 51-39 lead with 11 minutes left, and never let Bradley closer than eight points down the stretch.

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Paris Lee contributed 13 points and Hunter added 10 for the Redbirds, who hit 24 of 50 from the field and snapped a two-game skid with the win. Knight was 8 of 12 from the field and 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Bradley (11-16, 6-8) was held to just 17-for-49 shooting from the field, including 7 of 19 from 3-point range.

Walt Lemon Jr. led the Braves with 18 points, Auston Barnes had 12 and Tyshon Pickett 10 plus 11 rebounds.

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