"We were terrible in the first half. We had passes going off fingers, hands and knees. Then our ball-handling guards tried to dribble off their knees or feet. It was terrible." That's what Illinois State Coach Bob Donewald had to say about his team's first-half play against Northern Iowa. Such sloppiness left the Red-birds behind 30-29 at the intermission. Illinois State Guard Dwayne Tyus, who had done more than his share of bungling early in the proceedings, scored all 18 of his points in the second half to propel the Redbirds to a 66-60 victory.
Hustling, aggressive defense by Kentucky forced Kansas into 17 turnovers and 36.4% shooting as the Wildcats won 83-62. Kentucky took charge with a 12-0 spurt midway through the first half, with reserve Guard Dicky Beal picking up four assists during that decisive surge.
Despite a subpar performance by Keith Lee, who had only 12 points, Memphis State prevailed 63-58 at Mississippi.
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