Illinois St. pulls even with Drake after 89-81 OT win

NORMAL, Ill. — Keyshawn Evans and William Tinsley each drilled 3-pointers in overtime and Illinois State held on to beat Drake, 89-81 in the Redbirds home Missouri Valley Conference finale Wednesday night.

The victory pulls Illinois State into a tie with Drake for third place in the MVC standings with one game left to play. The teams split their season series.

Milik Yarbrough tied the game with 19 seconds left in regulation on a layup to make it 69-69 and Illinois State outscored the Bulldogs 20-12 in the overtime period.

Evans finished with 23 points and Yarbrough scored 22 to lead the Redbirds (16-13, 10-7), who are 4-1 in overtime games this year.

Reed Timmer scored 26 points to lead Drake (16-14, 10-7), with Graham Woodward adding 16 and Ore Arogundade contributing 13.

ILLINOIS ST. 89, DRAKE 81, OT

At Normal, Ill.

DRAKE (16-14) — McGlynn 1-7 3-4 5, Timmer 9-22 5-9 26, Rivers 5-8 0-0 10, McMurray 3-12 0-0 6, Arogundade 3-7 6-8 13, Schlatter 0-4 0-0 0, Gibbs 2-6 1-2 5, Woodward 5-9 4-5 16, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 28-76 19-28 81.

ILLINOIS ST. (16-13) — Yarbrough 9-17 4-5 22, Ndiaye 1-4 1-2 3, Tinsley 3-7 1-2 9, Evans 7-15 4-4 23, Hein 2-3 0-2 6, Bruninga 0-1 0-0 0, Fayne 5-7 6-7 16, Clarance 0-3 2-2 2, Williams 1-3 0-0 3, Gassman 2-7 0-0 5. TOTALS 30-67 18-24 89.

Halftime–Drake 31-29. End Of Regulation–Tied 69. 3-Point Goals–Drake 6-28 (Timmer 3-10, Woodward 2-5, Arogundade 1-4, Gibbs 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Rivers 0-3, McMurray 0-4), Illinois St. 11-31 (Evans 5-11, Hein 2-2, Tinsley 2-6, Williams 1-3, Gassman 1-3, Bruninga 0-1, Clarance 0-1, Yarbrough 0-4). Fouled Out–Hein, McGlynn. Rebounds–Drake 38 (Arogundade 7), Illinois St. 46 (Fayne 11). Assists–Drake 13 (Schlatter, Rivers 3), Illinois St. 20 (Evans 6). Total Fouls–Drake 17, Illinois St. 21. A–5,028 (10,200).