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NORMAL, Ill. Illinois State set the tone defensively early in the game against Evansville Tuesday night and jumped out to an early lead it would never relinquish, as Reggie Lynch scored 16 points to lead the Redbirds (15-8, 7-4 MVC) to an impressive 77-51 win over the Purple Aces (16-7, 6-5 MVC) on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. Evansville missed five shots in a row and was held scoreless for nearly four minutes, until DJ Balentine connected on a jumper with 6:39 left in the half, but that basket was quickly answered on the other end by back-to-back three-pointers by DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and Lee that widened the ISU lead to 35-17. Tipoff at SIU Arena is slated for 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and FSN Midwest as part of the Missouri Valley Conference Television Network package. GoRedbirds.com: Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.