IUPUI TO HOST NICHOLLS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
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INDIANAPOLIS - After having a three-game winning streak snapped at Marquette on Saturday, the IUPUI basketball team will be back at it on Wednesday (Dec. 18) when the Jaguars host Nicholls State (2-5) at 7:30 p.m.. Wednesday's contest is a return game from the 2012 Sears BracketBuster event and will follow the women's game with Northern Kentucky inside the Jungle. The game can be heard on WNDE 1260 AM or the free iHeartRadio app and viewed online as part of the IUPUI LIVE! subscription service as Will Flemming (pxp) will be on the call from courtside.
IUPUI students are admitted for free with a valid JagTag and adult reserved seats are just $10 for all IUPUI home games.
IUPUI's 3-0 start to December came to a screeching halt with an 86-50 loss at BIG EAST foe Marquette on Saturday, despite a game-high 21-point effort from junior guard Ian Chiles. Chiles continues to lead The Summit League in scoring at 18.5 points per game and is the only player in the league to have scored in double-digits in every game this season. The 6-foot-1 guard hit 9-of-23 shots at Marquette, although offensively IUPUI finished with a season-low 50 points and hit just 29.5 percent collectively from the field.
On the flip side, Marquette was incredibly efficient, shooting 64.9 percent overall and handing out 28 assists on 37 baskets. The Golden Eagles raced out to an 18-2 advantage and never looked back, improving to 2-0 all-time against the Jaguars.
Coming in, IUPUI had held its previous three opponents under 46 percent shooting. Despite the loss, the Jagaurs had a couple of bright spots in the game's final minutes. Redshirt freshman Linwood Ross scored his first college basket in the closing seconds, while true freshman Josh James had a late three-point play and tied his season-high with three boards.
Senior #P.J. Hubert# hit 3-of-6 shots off the bench and toss in eight points in a season-high 22 minutes work.
Nicholls is coming off a 77-48 loss at San Francisco on Saturday, snapping the Colonels' two-game winning streak. Head Coach J.P. Piper's team is 2-0 at home and 0-5 on the road, including losses at Auburn and Memphis. The Colonels are led by senior guard Dantrell Thomas (14.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and fifth-year senior Jeremy Smith (12.9 ppg, 4.4. rpg). Thomas had 13 points in the loss at USF and has led Nicholls in scoring in four of seven games this year.
The last time these two teams tangled, IUPUI emerged with an 84-80 victory in Thibodaux, La., thanks to 25 points from Alex Young. Both Christian Siakam and Stephen Thomas added 14 each as the Jaguars shot 60 percent overall and 5-of-10 from behind the three-point line. Chiles added 13 in the victory.
NSU's Thomas, then a sophomore, had 12 points and six boards and Smith tallied 13. Another current Nicholls player, Shane Rillieux, had 15 points and seven assists in that contest.
IUPUI has been solid at home this season, going 3-2 including a win over North Carolina Central, which had beaten both Old Dominion and NC State this season. The two losses were against Evansville and SEMO and the Jaguars led in the final five minutes of each contest.
Wednesday's game is the fourth meeting all-time between the two schools with Nicholls holding a 2-1 advantage.