Illinois State forward Phil Fayne goes to the basket over Missouri State's Tulio Da Silva during the first half of their Missouri Valley Conference game Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Redbird Arena. Fayne had 18 points in ISU's 65-57 win.

NORMAL — Senior forward Phil Fayne was voted Illinois State's most valuable player by his teammates, it was announced during the team's banquet Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-9 Fayne averaged 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while being named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference first team. He also led the Redbirds in blocked shots (40) and steals (36). 

Fayne was among 16 players nationally who had at least 30 steals, 30 blocked shots and made over half of their shots from the field (.542 field goal percentage).

Keith Fisher III, a transfer forward from San Jose State,  was named the Torrey Ward Toughness Award winner. Fisher, who practiced but could not play this season per NCAA transfer rules, also took the Coaches Award and the Captain Award.

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Fayne and senior guard Keyshawn Evans also received the Captain Award.

Evans captured the team's Defensive Player of the Year Award, while freshman forward Rey Idowu earned the Most Improved Player Award. Idowu also won the Student-Athlete Award, voted on by the coaches.

Senior guard/forward Milik Yarbrough took the Rebounding and Assist awards by leading the Redbirds in those categories with averages of 6.9 and 3.1, respectively. 

Yarbrough, an all-MVC second-team choice, also was ISU's leading scorer with a 16.7 average. The Redbirds finished with a 17-16 record and tied for fifth place in the Valley with a 9-9 mark.

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