Freshman quarterback Cam Miller capped a 13-play, 84-yard drive with a 6-yard scramble for a touchdown to clinch North Dakota State's 21-13 win over Illinois State.
Tyler Hoosman ran for 63 yards and his 13-yard touchdown run with 3:24 left helped seal No. 3-ranked Northern Iowa’s 20-10 win over 15th-ranked Illinois State on Saturday.
The seventh-ranked Redbirds built a 17-0 lead before South Dakota's defense triggered Illinois State's implosion.
Josiah Strong led the Redbirds with 14 points.
DJ Horne scored 17 points and Emon Washington scored 11 points with 10 rebounds to help end the the Redbirds' six-game losing streak.
DJ Horne had 18 points for the Illinois State Redbirds, who have now lost six consecutive games.
Tremell Murphy scored a career-high 30 points and No. 25 Drake rolled past Illinois State 95-60 on Monday night in the Bulldogs’ first game as a ranked team in nearly 13 years.
The Drake Bulldogs are the third Missouri Valley Conference team in the last 50 seasons to win their first 16 games. The other two legendary teams were Wichita State, which started 35-0 in 2013-14, and Larry Bird's 1978-79 Indiana State team that won 33 games before falling to Magic Johnson and Michigan State in the NCAA championship game.
The Crusaders outscored the Redbirds 7-2 in the final 99 seconds.
Donovan Clay had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Valparaiso beat Illinois State 69-60 on Saturday.
Tyreke Key scored 18 points as Indiana State turned aside a late rally to defeat Illinois State 74-68 on Sunday.
Cameron Krutwig had 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds with seven assists and Loyola of Chicago routed Illinois State 86-55 on Monday night.
Lucas Williamson had six rebounds and 18 points as the Loyola Ramblers crushed Illinois State 90-60.
DJ Horne had 22 points as Illinois State routed Chicago State 91-62 on Tuesday.
Ishmael El-Amin had 20 points as Ball State defeated Illinois State 82-66 on Saturday night.
Josiah Strong 21 points as Illinois State topped UMass Lowell 82-72 on Saturday.
Justice Sueing scored 19 points and No. 23 Ohio State scored the first 22 points en route to a 94-67 win over Illinois State on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.
An Illinois State football coach abruptly quit the team Thursday, leaving a note on the door while exiting the facility.
Liam Robbins had 18 points as Drake defeated Illinois State 75-65 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney first round on Thursday night.
Illinois State ended its 11-game road losing streak on Saturday, beatng Evansville 71-60.