- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Daishon Knight scored 18 points and Illinois State’s late run lifted the Redbirds over UT Martin 64-54 on Wednesday.

Knight’s 3-pointer with 3:45 left broke a 52-all tie and ignited a 13-2 run while UT Martin missed its last five shots of the game.

Illinois State (6-3) led by one midway through the first half but closed on a 14-5 run to lead 28-18 at the break. UT Martin (6-3) scored one point in the final 4:58 of the half, missing its final four shots and 3 of 4 free throws.

The Skyhawks roared out of the gate after intermission to make a game of it, as a 17-6 run gave them a one-point lead just over 6 minutes into the second half.

Reggie Lynch had 12 points and eight rebounds for Illinois State and Justin McCloud added 11.

Deville Smith paced UT martin with 16 points and Marshun Newell had 14.

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