COL BKB: Wichita State 70, Illinois State 55

Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:24 PM

NORMAL, Ill., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Cleanthony Early keyed a second-half rally Wednesday that kept No. 4 Wichita State unbeaten with a 70-55 victory over Illinois State.

The Shockers overcame a three-point halftime deficit with an 18-5 surge to open the second period and extended the best start to a season in school history by reaching 20 consecutive wins.

Early made six 3-pointers and wound up with 23 points. He also had 10 rebounds while Ron Baker pitched in 15 points and Tekele Cotton had 12.

Wichita State improved to 7-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Daishon Knight scored 12 points for Illinois State (11-8, 4-3 MVC). The Redbirds had won seven straight home games, but their upset bid was thwarted when they could hit only one 3-point field goal in 25 attempts.

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