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Illinois State edges Mississippi in overtime 101-97

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Perspective was no problem Saturday for both head coaches after Keyshawn Evans scored 25 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime as Illinois State defeated Mississippi 101-97.

''I'm still not quite sure how we won this game,'' said Illinois State coach Dan Muller, as he quickly walked off the court while his team celebrated behind him. ''It's big. But it only stays big if we keep winning.''

Illinois State (5-6), led by as many as 14 points in the second half and missed a potential game-winning shot to send it to overtime at 87-87. Evans, who added seven assists and four rebounds, hit a 3-point shot to open overtime - his fifth bucket of the game from behind the arc - and the Redbirds never trailed again.

''It's incredible. We've lost three games in overtime in our own building. Incredible,'' Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. ''I'm responsible for this. It's ridiculous and it's embarrassing for me.''

Milik Yarbrough also scored 25 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out eight assists to highlight a balanced Illinois State attack. Phil Fayne scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and Madison Williams added 14 points.

Ole Miss (5-5) was led by Bruce Stevens with 27 points while Terence Davis scored 17 points with a team-high nine rebounds. Deandre Burnett scored 19 points with seven assists while Breein Tyree and Marcanvis Hymon added 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Illinois State shot 31 of 73 (43 percent) from the field, 13 of 31 (42 percent) from 3-point range, including consecutive shots from Evans and Matt Hein to build an insurmountable lead to open overtime. The Redbirds finished 26 of 31 (84 percent) from the free throw line.

The Rebels were 31 of 73 (43 percent) from the field and 7 of 26 (27 percent) from the 3-point line. Stevens was 13 of 16 from the free throw line as Ole Miss finished 28 of 37 (76 percent), but were out rebounded 49-41 by the Redbirds.

MISSISSIPPI MASTERY

Illinois State improved to 10-0 against teams from Mississippi, including 4-0 against Ole Miss, dating back to 1978. The Redbirds have also beaten Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State and Southern Mississippi.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois State: The Redbirds won despite leading scorers Yarbrough and Fayne fouling out at the 6:02 and 3:01 marks in regulation, respectively.

Yarbrough was the game's dominant offensive player, but Evans was brilliant in the stretch run of regulation and overtime. The Redbirds used a nine-man rotation made up entirely of underclassmen. The win stopped a two-game losing streak.

''I could not be more proud of our guys,'' Muller said. ''We've got outstanding players sitting on the bench with fouls and the guys on the court kept battling and found a way. This is a young team and now the challenge is to build off this win.''

Ole Miss: The Rebels, after a promising November start, have lost four of the last five and are winless in overtime at home. In each of the overtime losses, the Rebels failed to make a winning play in the final 15 seconds.

This time, Ole Miss led 85-82 with less than two minutes in regulation and Davis had a shot blocked with 3.8 seconds remaining. The lone positive was the breakout offensive performance by Stevens, which included seven rebounds and two assists.

''You've got to be able to make a play at the end of the game and we have not been able to do that,'' Kennedy said. ''''I still believe we have the players to do that, but we have to finish games.''

UP NEXT

Illinois State: The Redbirds host UIC on Tuesday.

Ole Miss: The Rebels host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Madison Williams 5.0
  Deandre Burnett missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Matt Hein 7.0
+ 1 Matt Hein made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
  Matt Hein missed 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Terence Davis 12.0
  Offensive rebound by Matt Hein 13.0
  Keyshawn Evans missed jump shot 15.0
  Offensive rebound by Isaac Gassman 25.0
  Matt Hein missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Terence Davis 27.0
+ 2 Deandre Burnett made layup 49.0
  Defensive rebound by Markel Crawford 54.0
Team Stats
Points 101 97
Field Goals 31-73 (42.5%) 31-73 (42.5%)
3-Pointers 13-31 (41.9%) 7-26 (26.9%)
Free Throws 26-31 (83.9%) 28-37 (75.7%)
Total Rebounds 49 41
Offensive 13 13
Defensive 30 23
Team 6 5
Assists 20 22
Steals 5 7
Blocks 6 8
Turnovers 15 9
Fouls 30 19
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST
27 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12OTT
away team logo Illinois State 5-6 434414101
home team logo Ole Miss 5-5 33541097
Team Stats
away team logo Illinois State 5-6 68.4 PPG 37.6 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo Ole Miss 5-5 75.3 PPG 37.9 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
3
K. Evans G 7.7 PPG 1.8 RPG 2.0 APG 33.5 FG%
12
B. Stevens F 8.5 PPG 4.4 RPG 0.8 APG 50.5 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Evans G 25 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
B. Stevens F 27 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
42.5 FG% 42.5
41.9 3PT FG% 26.9
83.9 FT% 75.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Yarbrough 25 10 8 8/17 0/2 9/9 5 27 1 0 6 4 6
K. Evans 25 4 7 6/16 5/11 8/9 2 39 2 0 2 0 4
P. Fayne 16 10 0 6/12 0/0 4/6 5 25 0 1 3 4 6
M. Williams 14 4 4 4/9 3/6 3/3 4 33 0 0 0 1 3
T. Bruninga 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 5 24 0 3 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Yarbrough 25 10 8 8/17 0/2 9/9 5 27 1 0 6 4 6
K. Evans 25 4 7 6/16 5/11 8/9 2 39 2 0 2 0 4
P. Fayne 16 10 0 6/12 0/0 4/6 5 25 0 1 3 4 6
M. Williams 14 4 4 4/9 3/6 3/3 4 33 0 0 0 1 3
T. Bruninga 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 5 24 0 3 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hein 7 4 0 2/7 2/4 1/2 3 26 2 1 0 1 3
I. Gassman 6 3 0 2/2 1/1 1/2 0 9 0 0 0 2 1
W. Tinsley 6 5 1 2/6 2/6 0/0 4 35 0 1 2 0 5
E. Clarance 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 2 1 1
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ndiaye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Romine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Litwiller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 101 43 20 31/73 13/31 26/31 30 225 5 6 15 13 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Stevens 27 7 2 7/9 0/0 13/16 3 32 1 1 1 4 3
T. Davis 17 9 2 7/15 1/4 2/2 5 35 0 2 3 3 6
B. Tyree 14 3 6 5/15 3/7 1/2 2 31 1 1 1 3 0
M. Hymon 11 7 0 4/6 0/0 3/6 4 18 0 1 1 2 5
M. Crawford 5 5 3 2/8 0/3 1/2 3 32 0 2 0 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Stevens 27 7 2 7/9 0/0 13/16 3 32 1 1 1 4 3
T. Davis 17 9 2 7/15 1/4 2/2 5 35 0 2 3 3 6
B. Tyree 14 3 6 5/15 3/7 1/2 2 31 1 1 1 3 0
M. Hymon 11 7 0 4/6 0/0 3/6 4 18 0 1 1 2 5
M. Crawford 5 5 3 2/8 0/3 1/2 3 32 0 2 0 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Burnett 19 1 7 5/14 2/9 7/7 0 30 1 0 1 0 1
D. Shuler 3 1 2 1/5 1/3 0/0 1 19 3 0 1 0 1
D. Olejniczak 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Furmanavicius 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 25 1 1 1 1 2
L. Below - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Silins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Horn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Morgano - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Tyrtyshnik - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 97 36 22 31/73 7/26 28/37 19 225 7 8 9 13 23