ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS NEWS

Tom Hessert Preps to Knock off the Rust, Ready for Springfield’s Dust

Concord, North Carolina (August 15, 2017) – Six-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner Tom Hessert will return to Venturini Motorsports’ lineup driving the No.25 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile on Sunday, August 20. Finishing second in last season’s Championship Point Standings, Hessert drove to victory lane...
Via On Pit Road
15 hours ago

Illinois State offense seeks gains in spring game

Via FOX Sports
April 19, 2017

Illinois State’s home run barrage sets new school record

Illinois State’s softball team blasted eight home runs on Sunday to power past Loyola-Chicago for a 15–0 victory. The eight bombs marked the third-most home runs in a single game in NCAA history, helping the Redbirds sweep Loyola in five innings at Marian Kneer Stadium. Prior to Sunday’s game, Illinois State’s single-game record was four home runs. Jordan de los Reyes...
Via Excelle Sports
April 10, 2017

Illinois State blows 18-point lead, gets upset in NIT on last-second foul

Illinois State’s NIT performance won’t quiet the crowd that thinks the Redbirds never belonged in the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Redbirds blew an 18-point lead at home against fourth-seeded UCF in the second round Monday, and the game was decided on an ill-advised defensive play by junior forward MiKyle McIntosh. Down 62-61, UCF needed to go the length of the floor with...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 20, 2017

Hawkins hits 6 3s; Illinois St. beats UC Irvine 85-71 in NIT

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Deontae Hawkins made a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead Illinois State to an 85-71 victory over UC Irvine in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night. Top-seeded Illinois State (28-6) bounced back from a loss to Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title game, and will play No. 4 seed Central Florida (22...
Via AP on Fox
March 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois State, Ole Miss Agree To Home-and-Home On Twitter

Illinois State has come to an agreement with Ole Miss to play a home-and-home series, and has done so in the most improbable way. After failing to make the NCAA Tournament on selection Sunday, Redbirds head coach Dan Muller is already looking to make his school more appealing to the selection committee in 2018. Muller posted an add on Twitter that appeared to be more of a comedic...
Via Campus Sports Net
March 13, 2017

Illinois State coach still ruing NCAA Tournament snub

Maybe Illinois State coach Dan Muller should have resorted to Twitter long ago for help scheduling. The Redbirds' coach tweeted a caricature of himself holding an hourglass Monday with a plea to power-five schools to give him a call. The tweet read in part, ''It's me again. Looking 4 home & home next year. Pls call me 4 chance 4 QUALITY road win, top 33 RPI.'' The tweet came...
Via AP on Fox
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois State fires women's basketball coach

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Illinois State has fired women's basketball coach Barb Smith. Athletic director Larry Lyons announced his decision Saturday after the Redbirds lost to Drake in the Missouri Valley Tournament to conclude an 8-23 season. When she arrived four years ago, Smith inherited a team that had strung together seven straight winning seasons. But during her tenure, the team...
Via AP on Fox
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois St. coach challenges power conference teams after Tourney snub

Every year, there seems to be a team with a major gripe with the NCAA Tournament selection committee. This year, that team is the Illinois State Redbirds, who were left out with one of the better resumes on paper.Illinois State head coach Dan Muller isn’t taking the slight lying down. First he spoke out about the snub from the committee, calling their decision “idiotic.” He...
Via The Comeback
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

No. 20 Drake women win MVC-tying 20th straight game

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) Lizzy Wendell scored 17 points and No. 20 Drake beat Illinois State 64-40 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals, tying an MVC record with its 20th consecutive victory. The Bulldogs (26-4) play the winner of No. 4 seed Southern Illinois and No. 5 seed Wichita State in a Saturday semifinal. Their victory over the Redbirds (8-23) tied...
Via AP on Fox
March 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Bubble Watch: Illinois State starts a long week

Imagine waiting a week to hear whether or not you have done enough to earn the biggest of your dreams. That's what Illinois State faces. The Redbirds, a true definition of a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament, lost to No. 21 Wichita State in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Tournament on Sunday. Whether or not they are in the field of 68 won't be announced until...
Via AP on Fox
March 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Shockers defeat Illinois State for MVC title, lock NCAA Tourney bid

ST. LOUIS -- Conner Frankamp scored 19 points and Markis McDuffie added 16 as No. 21 Wichita State beat Illinois State 71-51 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game Sunday, earning an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. After splitting their regular-season series and sharing the conference championship, Wichita State left no doubt as to whom the top team in the...
Via AP on Fox
March 05, 2017  |  Discuss

No. 21 Wichita State beats Illinois State to win MVC tourney

ST. LOUIS (AP) Conner Frankamp scored 19 points and Markis McDuffie added 16 as No. 21 Wichita State beat Illinois State 71-51 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game Sunday, earning an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. After splitting their regular-season series and sharing the conference championship, Wichita State left no doubt as to whom the top team...
Via AP on Fox
March 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Redbirds advance to MVC tournament final with 63-50 win over Salukis

ST. LOUIS -- MiKyle McIntosh scored 15 points and No. 1 seed Illinois State never trailed in a 63-50 win over fourth-seeded Southern Illinois on Saturday to advance to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final. Paris Lee added 12 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, and Phil Fayne grabbed 11 rebounds for the Redbirds, who will play either second-seeded Wichita...
Via AP on Fox
March 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois State becomes 1st team this season to win without shooting a free throw, advances to MVC finals

ST. LOUIS — Illinois State blew past Southern Illinois in Saturday’s MVC semifinal matchup, 63-50, and the Redbirds did it without a single trip to the foul line. That makes them the first team since November 2013 to win a game without shooting a single free throw. “The refs must’ve been blind. We was getting fouled,” junior forward Deontae Hawkins said. “I was tripping...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 04, 2017

Salukis hold off Ramblers to earn a date with Illinois State

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Rodriguez scored 16 points, Sean Lloyd had 14 and fourth-seeded Southern Illinois held off fifth-seeded Loyola Chicago 55-50 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. A week after the Salukis (17-15) beat the Ramblers (18-14) 72-70 with a late 3-pointer to close the regular season, both teams struggled. Southern Illinois, which...
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois State blocks Evansville's shot at MVC upset

ST. LOUIS -- Deontae Hawkins scored 19 points, Keyshawn Evans had 16 and Illinois State set a program record on Friday with its 26th win, beating Evansville 80-69 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals. Paris Lee added 13 points with seven assists and DJ Clayton had 12 points for the Redbirds (26-5), who blocked a tournament- and school-record 14 shots...
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois State sets blocked shot mark in MVC win over Aces

ST. LOUIS (AP) Deontae Hawkins scored 19 points, Keyshawn Evans had 16 and Illinois State set a program record on Friday with its 26th win, beating Evansville 80-69 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals. Paris Lee added 13 points with seven assists and DJ Clayton had 12 points for the Redbirds (26-5), who blocked a tournament and school record 14...
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois State whips N Iowa 63-42, shares MVC title

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) MiKyle McIntosh scored 15 points, Paris Lee and Keyshawn Evans scored 14 apiece and Illinois State won a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title for the first time in 19 years with a 63-42 win over Northern Iowa on Saturday. The Redbirds (25-5, 17-1), who share their first title since 1997-98 with Wichita State, led 30-25 at halftime before shooting...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois State completes first-ever perfect home record

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Tony Wills scored 16 points, Phil Fayne added a clinching layup, and Illinois State finished its first-ever undefeated home record with a 50-46 win over Southern Illinois on Wednesday night. The win keeps Illinois State (24-5, 16-1) in a first-place tie with Wichita State for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Redbirds will attempt to tie the...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois State downs Chicago-Loyola 65-63 behind Hawkins

NOIRMAL, Ill. (AP) Deontae Hawkins scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, including a late go-ahead free throw, and Illinois State held off Loyola of Chicago 65-63 on Sunday to win its fourth straight. The Redbirds missed three straight shots, and the Ramblers one, before Hawkins was fouled by Milton Doyle and hit two free throws with three seconds left. Ben Richardson's 3...
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Hawkins with 19, Illinois State edges Missouri State 67-66

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Deontae Hawkins scored 19 points and put his team on top for good as Illinois State edged Missouri State 67-66 on Wednesday night. Tony Wills and DJ Clayton added 12 points apiece for the Redbirds (22-5, 14-1 MVC) who remain tied with Wichita State for first in the Missouri Valley Conference. Missouri State took a four-point intermission advantage to 45...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Illinois St. bounces back strong and clobbers Drake 82-53

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Paris Lee scored 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, Keyshawn Evans scored 16 points and Illinois State drubbed Drake 82-53 on Tuesday night. Illinois State (20-5, 12-1 Missouri Valley) rebounded from Saturday's 86-45 defeat against Wichita State and moved a half-game up of the Shockers (21-4, 11-1) for first place in the conference. Deontae Hawkins added 15...
Via AP on Fox
February 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Wichita State earns share of MVC lead with 86-45 win over Illinois State

WICHITA, Kan. -- Conner Frankamp scored 18 points and Shaquille Morris had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Wichita State put a beat down on Illinois State in an 86-45 win on Saturday night as the Shockers drew even atop the Missouri Valley Conference standing. Illinois State beat Wichita State 76-62 on Jan. 14 and entered Saturday's game with a one-game lead in conference. Wichita...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Wichita St. overwhelms Illinois St. 86-45

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Conner Frankamp scored 18 points and Shaquille Morris had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Wichita State put a beat down on Illinois State in an 86-45 win on Saturday night as the Shockers drew even atop the Missouri Valley Conference standing. Illinois State beat Wichita State 76-62 on Jan. 14 and entered Saturday's game with a one-game lead in conference. Wichita...
Via AP on Fox
February 04, 2017  |  Discuss
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