ST. LOUIS, Mo. Rewind just six days. Illinois State senior guard Tyler Brown had just gone for 28 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort on the road at Northern Iowa.
On Friday night with his career in the balance, Brown displayed an encore performance, but the evening yielded a much more favorable result as the sixth-seeded Redbirds defeated the UNI Panthers, 73-65.
Since Feb. 2, Brown has been one of the more prolific scorers in the country, averaging 24.4 points per game over the last 10 games.
The six-foot-four Brown didnt waste much time showing off his scoring prowess to the crowd of 14,004.
He dribbled, shook his shoulders, stepped back and drained a deep three. Then did it again. Then twice more for good measure all in the first five minutes. That 12-point outburst would set the tone for the next 35 minutes for the talented wing.
"I go into every game feeling that way," he said. "I just want to be aggressive. I feel like it opens up a lot for my teammates."