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Illinois State vs Evansville

Evansville escapes Illinois State 104-98 in OT


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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Balentine had 38 points and Evansville squandered a 25-point second-half lead, but escaped with a 104-98 overtime victory against Illinois State on Wednesday night.

Evansville (11-15, 4-9 Missouri Valley) trailed 98-97 in overtime when Balentine gave them the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 1:09 left.

After Illinois State (13-12, 6-7) failed to answer, Jaylon Brown made two free throws to extend the lead to 102-98. Brown, who entered the game a 44.7 percent free-throw shooter, made two more with 8 seconds left to seal the win.

Evansville extended a 54-33 halftime lead to 74-49 with 11:54 left, but the Redbirds went on a 43-17 run and took their first lead of the game at 92-91 with 58 seconds left.

Nick Zeisloft scored 18 points for ISU, which nearly surpassed its largest comeback victory in program history - a 21-point comeback against Butler on Nov. 27, 1989.

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