ISU Rolls Past Truman State 80-69

ISU Rolls Past Truman State 80-69

A trio of Indiana State Sycamores achieved new career highs in scoring, paced by 23 points from Justin Gant, in grabbing an 80-69 victory over Truman State in front of 4,419 fans inside Hulman Center.


The Sycamores improved to 3-1 on the season while Truman State's official record remains at 2-0 as this contest counts as one of their exhibitions.


Gant scored 23 points as he hit 8-of-10 shots from the field, including a mark of 2-of-3 from the 3-point line. He was 5-of-6 from the free throw line with two rebounds, one assist and three blocked shots. Also reaching a new career-high was Devonte Brown as he scored 13 points, hitting 5-of-8 shots from the floor to go with seven rebounds and five rebounds off the bench. Demetrius Moore also tallied a career-high with 10 points while Manny Arop added 10 as well.


For the fourth consecutive contest the Sycamores reached the 80-point mark. This is the first time since a five-game stretch in 1984 that the Sycamores have reached 80 points on the scoreboard for at least four games.


ISU did it by hitting 28-of-52 shots from the field (53.8 percent) and were 6-of-10 from 3-point range (60 percent). Truman State also shot well as they hit 25-of-45 shots from the field (55.6 percent) and were 8-of-17 from 3-point land (47.1 percent). The Sycamores owned a 32-19 edge in rebounding as well as a 42-28 advantage in points in the paint. ISU forced 13 turnovers and turned them into 22 points. Indiana State scored 11 fast-break points and did not surrender any to the Bulldogs.


The Sycamores started fast, scoring on the first shot of the contest by Gant, a 3-pointer and then Odum made a lay-up for a quick 5-0 advantage. with the contest tied at 7, Gant hit a lay-up, but Mike Carlson drilled a 3-pointer to briefly put the Bulldogs ahead before Odum answered with a triple of his own for a 12-10 ISU lead with 15:02 on the clock.


Truman State would lead by as many as five points in the first half, before Gant stopped the bleeding with a lay-up off the assist from Lucas Eitel with 11:48 on the clock to get within 18-15. After Carlson hit 1-of-2 free throws, ISU would score each of the next eight points, capped by a lay-up from Brown for a 23-19 lead with 9:59 on the clock. After a 3-pointer by Andrew Vander Zwaag, ISU scored each of the next nine points, including a the second trey of the half by Odum for a 32-22 lead with 7:48 left at the break.


The Sycamores owned a 39-29 advantage in the final two minutes, but Gant connected on a 3-pointer off the feed from Eitel for a 42-29 advantage and Carlson hit a lay-up with 30 seconds remaining to send the two teams in the locker room with the Sycamores ahead 42-31.


Gant put in a dunk on the Sycamores first possession of the second half to stretch the lead out to 44-31, but Truman whittled the ISU advantage all the way down to 46-41 on a conventional 3-point play by Marek Bush with 17 minutes on the clock. The Sycamores answered with a lay-up by Khristian Smith, followed by a trey of his own to run the lead out to 51-43 one minute later.


Truman State would not go away as they scored the game's next six points to get within 51-49 at the 13:40 mark, by Moore answered the call with a conventional 3-point play of his own to get back to a 54-49 cushion with 13:21 remaining. After a Vander Swaag triple got Truman to within 54-52, the Sycamores scored four in a row to take a 58-52 advantage.


The key run of the second half came with ISU leading 70-64 as they scored nine in a row, including a lay-up by Moore with 2:23 on the clock for a 79-64 lead. TJ Bell hit a free throw with 51 seconds remaining to reach the 80-point mark and give the Sycamores an 80-69 victory.


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