Carmichael, Illinois State edge Evansville 67-62
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Jackie Carmichael scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Saturday night, leading Illinois State to a 67-62 victory over Evansville.
D.J. Ballentine sank a 3-point shot with 11:09 left in the game to give Evansville (12-9, 5-4 Missouri Valley) a 46-42, but Illinois State (12-9, 3-6) caught up and then took the lead for good on a thunderous dunk by Carmichael with 6:53 remaining.
Tyler Brown added 23 points for Illinois State, which had a 26-18 scoring advantage in the paint and 17-10 edge in points off turnovers.
Ned Cox led Evansville with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Colt Ryan scored 17 and Ballentine had 14.
Updated January 26, 2013