CONWAY, S.C. — Keyshawn Evans scored 29 points and Illinois State jumped out to a huge first-half lead to beat Tulsa 84-68 in Sunday’s third-place game at the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Evans had 20 points by halftime on 8-for-9 shooting, helping the Redbirds (2-2) run off 20 straight points to take control in the opening 6½ minutes. Illinois State shot 62 percent and hit eight 3-pointers to build a 46-27 halftime lead, then led by as many as 22 points.
The Golden Hurricane (2-3) never got the deficit below double figures in the second half.
Evans made 10 of 13 shots for the game, including all six of his 3-point tries. Illinois State finished shooting 57 percent and made 12 of 23 3-pointers.
Junior Etou scored 16 points before fouling out late for Tulsa, which shot 37 percent.
The Tip-Off was moved to South Carolina due to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.