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Illinois State Assistant Coach Rob Judson gives the team a pep talk during a timeout at the exhibition game against Wooster on Sunday.

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman — Illinois State men's basketball could not keep up with Western Kentucky in the second half of its second game in the Cayman Island Classic, losing 78-66 after trailing by three at halftime. 

The Redbirds continued to struggle in putting together a full game. Head coach Ryan Pedon has lost his third-straight game as ISU fell to 2-4 on the season. ISU lost 77-61 to Louisiana State Monday despite outscoring the Tigers 43-32 in the second half.

WKU got off to an 11-2 start as the Redbirds missed their first four 3-pointers. ISU hit its next three from deep to tie the game. 

The 3-point onslaught continued throughout the half for the Redbirds, shooting 7-of-18 from deep in the first 20 minutes of action. Their 38.9% clip from 3-point range made it a 38-35 game at halftime with WKU leading. 

The Redbirds' 3-point shooting could not keep them in the game in the second half, hitting only 3-of-13 threes. ISU was 10-of-29 from the field at 34.5% in the second period. The Hilltoppers shot 26-of-51, including 10-of-17 from deep. 

Outscoring the Redbirds 40-31 in the second half, WKU was firmly in control throughout with a lead as high as 16.

Seneca Knight has enjoyed two team-high scoring totals at the Cayman Islands Classic in the Redbirds' losses. Knight had 18 to lead all scorers Tuesday. 

The Hilltoppers' trio of Luke Frampton, Emmanuel Akot and Fallou Diagne each contributed 14 points.

Kendall Lewis fouled out with 7:14 left to play as the result of a double-technical foul called on him and Diagne. Before play resumed, Colton Sandage and Khristian Lander were also hit with a double technical. 

Sandage and Liam McChesney both finished with four fouls, affecting ISU's game plan down the stretch. 

WKU's attack proved too consistent for the Redbirds as the Hilltoppers seemed to answer each positive ISU play with one of their own. 

Luke Kasubke was available for the Redbirds after missing Monday's contest with an illness. Kasubke contributed two points in his return. 

Knight recorded his 1,000th career point in the first half. Knight, a fifth-year player, scored 759 points at San Jose State, 201 at Brigham Young and now 52 for ISU. 

REID WATKINS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. Watkins can be contacted at rdwatk1@ilstu.edu. Follow Watkins on Twitter at @rwatkinssports 


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