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Sycamores Win Fourth In A Row With 74-63 Victory at Kansas City

December 15, 2013


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Indiana State won for the fourth time in a row with its 74-63 victory over Missouri-Kansas City as the Sycamores put together another staunch defensive effort in front of 2,496 fans inside historic Municipal Auditorium.


The Sycamores improved to 7-2 on the campaign -- tying for its best start under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. UMKC, coached by former Sycamore assistant coach Kareem Richardson, fell to 2-7. ISU returned to Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium which was the site of their 1950 NAIB National Championship victory over East Central Oklahoma.


Dawon Cummings, returning to his hometown of Kansas City, led the team with 15 points as he hit 5-of-8 shots from the field. Justin Gant had 13 points and seven rebounds while Demetrius Moore scored 10 points for the second consecutive game to go with his seven rebounds.


Indiana State improved to 42-4 under coach Lansing when holding teams to 63 points or less. The Kangaroos hit just 20-of-57 shots from the field (35.1 percent). The Sycamores shot 47.2 percent from the field, and set a season-high with 40 rebounds.  


UMKC took a 40-38 lead on a lay-up from Nelson Kirksey with 18:29 remaining in the game before Jake Kitchell knotted the contest at 40 with a pair of free throws. After a defensive stop, the Sycamores continued to pound the ball inside with a lay-up from Cummings for a 42-40 Indiana State lead at the 17:12 mark. 


Gant made it 44-40 with a lay-up off the feed from Arop with 16:21 on the clock before Trinity Hall answered for UMKC with a jumper to get the Kangaroos within 44-42. Devonte Brown completed a conventional 3-point play around a media timeout with 15:40 remaining to start an 11-0 run which saw Indiana State hold UMKC without a point for over five minutes and a Jake Kitchell lay-up at the 11:29 mark pushed the lead out to 55-42.


The Sycamores were able to make that 11-0 spurt and the resulting double digit lead holdup through a short UMKC run of their own and Arop hit a pair of free throws with 7:37 on the clock for a 65-50 advantage. Arop would also go on to hit a lay-up at the 6:37 mark to stretch the Trees' lead out to 67-52.


Justin Gant scored first for the Sycamores on their opening possession as he hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to stake ISU to a quick 3-0 advantage. In a return to his hometown of Kansas City, Dawon Cummings drilled a 3-pointer two minutes into the contest for a 6-2 lead.


The Sycamores would score 10 of the first 12 points in the contest as Demetrius Moore's jumper in the paint with 15:31 on the clock gave Indiana State a 10-2 cushion. Cummings hit a free throw at the 13:39 mark for a 13-4 lead -- its largest lead of the opening half.


UMKC drew within 13-10 on a 6-0 spurt before Justin Gant slammed home a dunk at the 11:27 mark to get the Sycamores back out to a 15-10 lead. Moore would hit a lay-up and Manny Arop connected on a 3-pointer around a UMKC field goal as the clock ticked under nine minutes remaining as ISU took a 20-16 lead.


A 3-pointer from UMKC's Martez Harrison with 6:22 on the clock gave the Roos their first lead of the contest at 23-22. Harrison two free throws with 5:43 on the clock gave UMKC a 27-22 advantage before Devonte Brown drove into the lane for a lay-up to get within 27-24.


Demetrius Moore continued his successful opening half of the contest with a putback dunk with just under four minutes remaining to knot the contest at 29. UMKC led 36-31 in the final minute until Jake Odum, playing with two fouls late in the half, converted a conventional 3-point play with four seconds remaining to get the Sycamores within 36-34.


Odum knotted the contest on their first possession of the second half with a driving lay-up and following a UMKC field goal, Gant responded with a basket of his own to tie the game at 38 with 18:17 remaining and forced the Kangaroos to call a timeout.

Indiana State will return to the state of Missouri on Wednesday, December 18 when they take on Saint Louis at 8:05 p.m. (ET).

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