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|Illinois State Upsets No. 15 Wichita State 65-64
|ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tyler Brown made two free throws with 6.4 seconds left and finished with 25 points as Illinois State upset No. 15 Wichita State 65-64 in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Saturday.
Jackie Carmichael added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Redbirds (20-12), who rallied from 13 points down early in the second half. Illinois State, which lost at home to the Shockers by 13 points on Feb. 22, snapped a 24-game losing streak against ranked teams, dating to 1987. The Redbirds head into the tournament championship game on Sunday seeking their first NCAA tournament berth since 1998.
Joe Ragland had 17 points for Wichita State (27-5), which had won nine in a row and 17 of 18. Now they must wait to learn if they will receive an at-large bid and get into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.
The Missouri Valley Conference has sent only one team to the tournament the past four years.
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