NORMAL, Ill. -- George Beamon scored a game-high 24 points as Manhattan rolled to a 79-70 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night.
Beamon hit 8 of 16 from the floor and was 7 of 9 from the line with seven rebounds. Rhamel brown had 14 points and a team-high 13 rebounds and Michael Alvarado had 11 points. Guard Donovan Kates came off the bench to hit 4 of 4 free throws and score 10 points.
The Jaspers got off to an 8-0 start on their way to a 36-30 halftime lead. They dominated in the second, leading by as many as 15 points.
The Redbird bench was instrumental in keeping Illinois State competitive with Daishon Knight scoring a team-high 21 points followed by Reggie Lynch with 12 points and five rebounds. Both Lynch and starting guard Bobby Hunter fouled out.
College basketball fans should be excited about next season's Jimmy V Classic, an event that will feature Duke's heralded freshman class.
Jeff Goodman logs all the coaching changes following the 2015-16 college basketball season.
Can Josh Pastner keep top talent in Georgia? Will Tubby Smith change his recruiting philosophy at Memphis? New coaches face some difficult questions.