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Illinois State's Sy Chatman (1) goes for a layup against Murray State on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The Redbirds lost to Murray State 77-65.

Illinois State men's basketball could not keep up with Buffalo in the final day of the Cancun Challenge Wednesday, losing 106-90.

The Redbirds played closely until the Bulls stretched out to a 27-14 lead. ISU would find a hot stretch scoring 10 straight points to make the game 27-23 with eight minutes left in the first half.

Defensive issues and poor shot selection led to the Bulls pulling out to a 49-34 lead by halftime. At this time ISU's leading scorer Antonio Reeves had five points on 2-of-7 shooting. In the first half, the Redbirds shot just 34%.

Coming out of the locker room the Redbirds improved their shooting. In the second half, the Redbirds made 21-of-31 (67.7%) shots in the second half to improve their overall shooting percentage to 50%.

The improved offense did not matter as the Bulls kept up their strong scoring. BU outscored ISU in the second half, 57-56 to win 106-90.

ISU had four players score in double-digits. The Redbirds were led by Sy Chatman (21), followed by Kendall Lewis (19), Reeves (17) and capped off Josiah Strong (15).

Josh Mballa led the Bulls with 29 points.

With the loss, the Redbirds' record moves to 2-4.

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_jrserme@ilstu.edu. Follow Sermersheim on Twitter at @JakeSermersheim  


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