The No. 7 Illinois St. Redbirds were part of a trifecta for the lower portion of the right bracket in the 2012 NIT, as they picked up an overtime victory over the No. 2 Mississippi Rebels, 96-93. They join the No. 8 Bucknell Bison and the No. 5 Nevada Wolf Pack as low-seed winners on Wednesday evening.
The Rebels were the team that needed to make the comeback in this one, down by 12 points at halftime. Fifty-two points and 20 minutes later, the Rebels forced overtime. However, that momentum from the second half didn't follow them to the extra time, where they were outscored 12-9.
Illinois State shot an astounding 62.7 percent from the field (32-of-51), 73.9 percent from three-point territory. Twenty-four of 26 points by Tyler Brown came on three-pointers while 18 of 24 points by Nic Moore were from beyond the arc. Moore dished the ball out for 10 assists, as well.
The No. 3 Stanford Cardinal awaits the Redbirds in the second round.
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