Four minutes into Friday night’s matchup between Indiana State and Illinois State, the home team Sycamores held an 8-2 lead. After two big shots from three-point land by Crompton, the Redbirds stepped on the gas and never let off.
Illinois State never gave the lead back after the Redbirds stole it early on and went on to a dominant 62-32 win, led by a team scoring effort; Moore had eight, Saylor had nine, Redmond had 11 and MVC three-point total leader Crompton had 13 points and went 3-5 from behind the arc.
The victory also marked a new program record for the fewest points allowed in a league game, as the Redbirds held the Sycamores to just 32 points and a 30-point lead.
Despite pulling away in the last three quarters, the Redbirds started the game 4-13 shooting in the first. However, Gillespie says there were still positive takeaways from a seemingly cold start.
“I thought we started out pretty well.” Gillespie said, “I liked the shots we got, they just didn’t fall, but I liked what we were doing defensively.”
In addition to stifling the Sycamore’s scoring attempts, the Redbirds had only 12 turnovers in comparison to Indiana State’s 22. Illinois State’s defense also limited Indiana State’s Jamyra McChristine and Sommer Pitzer, who combined for 35 points Thursday night, but only five on Friday in this commanding 30-point win.
This completes a two-game weekend sweep for the Redbirds’ visit to Terre Haute, Indiana, and brings them to 2-2 on the MVC season and 5-2 overall. Meanwhile, the Sycamores dropped to 4-5 overall (1-3 MVC).
Next up, the Redbirds return to Normal for a Thursday/Friday doubleheader versus Valparaiso.
“We coach to the end. That last quarter, some of these players got really good minutes, and that’s great experience,” Gillespie said, “Next weekend when we play Valpo, I think some of the players that got good minutes today — it’s going to serve them well.”