ST. LOUIS -- Boo Richardson scored 14 points and Osiris
Eldridge added 13 points to lead Illinois State past Missouri State
63-58 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference
Tournament on Friday.
Second-seeded Illinois State (23-8) faces Northern Iowa in a
semifinal contest Saturday.
Seventh-seeded Missouri State, which won five of its last seven
games, ends the season 17-16.
The Redbirds outscored Missouri State 16-7 over the final 6:26.
Emmanuel Holloway chipped in with 11 points. Brandon Sampay came
off the bench to add 10 points and seven rebounds for Illinois
Deven Mitchell and Dale Lamberth led Missouri State with 18
The Redbirds have won five in a row and seven of their last
eight. They held Missouri State scoreless during a stretch of 4:16
late in the second half.
Eldridge, a first-team all-conference selection, hit four free
throws in a span of 27 seconds to put his team up to stay 59-51.
Missouri State climbed to within 61-58 on a short jumper by
Mitchell. But Richardson sank one of two free throws with 24
seconds left to halt the rally.
Missouri State took a 51-47 lead on a layup by Mitchell before
Illinois State went on a 12-0 run to take control. Eldridge scored
six points during the streak. Richardson and Alex Rubin added
Illinois State is looking to reach the NCAA Tournament for the
first time since the 1997-98 season.