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ISU Basketball Head Coach Sends Sycamores to Rivalry Game

Indiana State student, Tommy Lynch, attends nearly every home game for Sycamore athletics, but traveling to away games to get expensive. Men's basketball head coach, Greg Lansing, paid for Lynch and three of his friends to travel to the Wichita State game last weekend.
Tommy Lynch goes to nearly every Indiana State home game, cheering loud and proud. He's the head of the student section there, better known to the Sycamores as "The Forest." But traveling to away games can get expensive, especially when the game is 600 miles away in Wichita, Kansas. Wichita State is one of ISU's biggest rivals and Lynch wasn't going to miss the game.

"We left on Friday, had the change to make it there Friday night and spend the day in Wichita and go to the game that afternoon," said Lynch.

"He didn't think he was going to be able to make it, just making a wise financial decision and I would have hated for him to miss that," said Indiana State men's basketball head coach, Greg Lansing.

Lansing footed the bill for Lynch and three of his friends to get to Wichita. For Lynch, it was more than a chance to watch his beloved Sycamores. It was a learning opportunity. Lynch and his friends were just specks of Sycamore blue in a sea of Shocker fans decked out in black and gold.

"It's cool to get to go somewhere like Wichita that really has it figured out," said Lynch. "That really has a committed student section and a fan base there that really makes their home games exciting. We definitely took a lot of notes."

The Sycamores are undefeated at home this season. Lynch has plans to help keep it that way by attracting other students to keep the Hulman Center loud.

"After winning in here the guys are going to go down and give them high fives. We want the students to be involved with our guys and feel like it's their team," said Lansing.

The Sycamores have a shot at revenge when the Shockers come to Terre Haute in February. Lynch has a few more tricks up his sleeve.

"We're definitely going to try to match that excitement when Wichita comes to town in two weeks. Hopefully try to get as many people here taht showed up for the game in Wichita," said Lynch.

The game against Wichita State is February 5.
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