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Copeland’s Big Game Not Enough in Loss to Salukis

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State senior Zach Copeland scored 24 points, making 5-of-7 shots from long range, while Jaycee Hillsman added 11; however, the Redbirds fell to the Southern Illinois Salukis by a 58-55 final score.

How it Happened

Southern Illinois came out firing, as Lance Jones scored the first seven points of the contest before the Redbirds ran off 10 consecutive points to take a three-point lead on back-to-back Copeland lay-ups. The Salukis briefly re-took the lead; however, a first-half-ending 8-0 run turned a two-point deficit into a 23-17 lead at halftime.