Evans went 5 of 7 from 3-point range and 6 of 8 overall to score all 17 of his points in the first half when the Redbirds (12-9, 5-3 Missouri Valley Conference) took a 37-31 lead.
The Sycamores (11-9, 3-5) were within five early in the second half when Fayne hit a jumper and William Tinsley made a 3-pointer. After Indiana State scored, Rey Idowu had back-to-back baskets that put the lead in double figures for good with almost 14 minutes left to play.
Illinois State shot 50 percent and Indiana State 47, but the Redbirds had four more 3-pointers and nine more opportunities because they forced 15 turnovers.
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