NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Tyler Brown scored 19 points, leading five Illinois State players in double figures, and the Redbirds held on to beat Lipscomb 78-70 on Saturday night.
John Wilkins had 15 points, Anthony Cousin scored 13, and Jon Ekey and Johnny Hill each scored 11 for Illinois State (2-1). The Redbirds led 41-30 at halftime but the Bison (1-3) got within a point twice in the second half, the last at 61-60. Hill scored for Illinois State and Brown hit a 3-pointer with 5:30 to go. Lipscomb never came within four points after that.
Robert Boyd led all scorers with 21 points for Lipscomb. Zavion Williams scored 18 points and Malcolm Smith added 11 for the Bison.