Sycamores Pull Away Late From IUPUI In Return To Hulman Center
December 22, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU SPORTS RELEASE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State returned to Hulman Center after playing its last six games away from its home court and earned an 81-61 victory over visiting IUPUI in front of 5,980 fans.
The Sycamores won for the fifth time in their last six outings to improve to 8-3 while the Jaguars fell to 4-10.
Indiana State was led in scoring by senior Manny Arop who secured 25 points and pulled down six rebounds. Arop finished the game 9-of-13 from the field, including a mark of 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He added two assists, two blocked shots and one steal in 31 minutes of action. He tied a career high with four trifectas in the contest and was just two points shy of his career-best of 27 points last season at Ole Miss in the Diamondhead Classic.
Also in double figures for the sycamores was Justin Gant who tallied 18 points in the victory. Gant was 6-of-8 from the field and hit all five of his free throws to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Jake Odum hit three free throws to give him 463 for his career as he moved into sole possession of second place all-time at Indiana State. He is now just 80 free throws away from tying the school record set by Larry Bird. Additionally, Odum now has 1,258 career points as he moved into 14th place on the Sycamore all-time scoring chart and he now has 502 career assists and is one of just four Sycamores to reach the 500 assist mark in a career.
The Sycamores enjoyed hot shooting in each half as their 51.9 percent mark before the half was trumped by its second half which saw them hit 16-of-27 from the field (59.3 percent) and finished the game with a 55.6 percent ledger from the field. ISU controlled the glass by a 37-29 margin and tallied 17 assists on the day.
All 11 active Sycamores tallied at least one rebound in the contest and all but one scored inthe contest.
Arop hit the first of his four 3-pointers just 30 seconds in the game on the Sycamores' first shot from the field to take an early 3-0 lead off the feed from Odum. ISU would score each of the first seven points in the game as well as 15 of the first 17 to take a 15-2 lead with 15:37 on the clock on another Arop trey.
IUPUI would draw within 15-5, but the Sycamores scored the next eight points to stretch its lead out to 23-5 on a conventional 3-point play by Odum with 14:14 left before the half.
The Jaguars came back and got within 35-30 with 2:08 on the clock by Arop would hit a pair of free throws as the clock went under two minutes to run the advantage out to 37-30 and they made it nine points on a lay-up from Arop with one minute remaining for a 39-30 cushion. The Jaguars scored with 40 seconds remaining on a jumper by P.J. Hubert as the Sycamores took a 39-32 lead into the break.
Arop got the Sycamores going in the second half on a jumper from Arop to regain its 41-32 advantage before a 6-0 run by IUPUI made it just 41-38 with 17:12 left in the contest. TJ Bell made a lay-up off the assist from Gant and then Arop added anotehr jumper to run the lead out to 45-38. IUPUI came right back with four in a row to cut the advantage down to three points again but Gant scored a field goal and then added a pair of charity tosses for a 49-42 lead with 13:53 remaining.
Leading 59-55, ISU went on a 6-0 run with field goals by Gant and Odum and then Arop which led to a 65-55 advantage with 7:17 remaining. After two free throws from Marcellus Barksdale made it 65-57, ISU scored the next five, capped with a free throw by Khristian Smith to lead 70-57 with 5:13 on the clock.
IUPUI made it 71-61 as the clocked ticked under four minutes to go on a lay-up by Ian Chiles and from that point on the Sycamores scored 10 in a row to close the game for the 81-61 victory. With 2:07 on the clock, Dawon Cummings got a steal and threw the ball off the backboard to himself and slammed it home for a 16-point lead and then Odum grabbed a defensive rebounds and threw a bounce pass full court that hit the floor just once as he found a streaking Khristian Smith for a dunk with 1:39 on the clock for a 79-61 lead.
The Jaguars placed three scorers in double figures, led by Barksdale who had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the contest.
Indiana State will return to action on Saturday, December 28 when they host Belmont inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 1:05 p.m. (ET).