WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. -- Illinois State guard Justin Clark scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, as the Redbirds saw a large halftime lead dwindle to single digits before holding on for a 73-68 win over Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State Wednesday night on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.
With the win, the Redbirds (2-0) started the season with back-to-back wins for the fourth season in a row under head coach Toim Jankovich and extended the their winning streak to 25 straight wins against members of the OVC, including a 7-0 record under Jankovich.
Clark finished the game 7-of-14 from the field, including a 6-for-12 effort from three-point range, to finish with a career-high 20 points. Nine Redbirds scored in the game, with Jackie Carmichael adding 11 points and seven rebounds and Tony Lewis and Austin Hill chipping in eight points each.
The Tigers had five players score in double figures, led by Patrick Miller and Wil Peters with 14 points each.