|Illinois St. 64, Missouri St. 63|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 02 February 2008 18:15|
Johnson finished with 23 as Illinois State (16-6, 8-3 Missouri Valley) held off Missouri State (11-12, 4-7).
The game had nine lead changes in the second half and was tied eight times, the last time at 58 with 2:54 left.
A 3-pointer by Spencer Laurie put Missouri State up 61-60 with 1:49 but Johnson scored with 1:01 left to give Illinois State up 62-61.
Two free throws by Chris Cooks gave Missouri State its final lead at 63-62 with 38 seconds left before Johnson?s winning free throws.
Missouri State had the ball with 15.9 seconds left but a drive and shot by Cooks bounced off the backboard as time expired.
Osiris Eldridge had 17 for Illinois State and Anthony Slack had 12 rebounds.
Dale Lamberth led Missouri State with 20 and Deven Mitchell had 13.