Sycamores Top Engineers, 73-37 in Exhibition

Sycamores Top Engineers, 73-37 in Exhibition

Khristian Smith leads the way with 18 points.

The Indiana State Sycamores shot over 55 percent in the second half and stretched a nine-point halftime lead into a 73-37 exhibition victory over Rose-Hulman this afternoon (Nov. 3) in front of 3,716 fans inside Hulman Center.

Khristian Smith was part of the Sycamores' second half explosion as he went a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, including a mark of 2-of-2 from 3-point range to score 16 of his team-leading 18 points after halftime. As a team, the Sycamores hit 16-of-29 from the field (55.2 percent) and four of their seven 3-pointers following intermission.

Smith was the lone Sycamore to reach double figures scoring and was 6-of-8 from the field as well as a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe as he scored 18. Smith added two rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot. Several Sycamores were close to notching double-doubles as Manny Arop owned nine points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes of action while Jake Odum tallied nine points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

Also close to a double-double was Devonte Brown, who had nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.

ISU hit 10-of-28 shots from the field (35.7 percent) in the first half and held Rose-Hulman to 9-of-28 shooting (32.1 percent) to head into the locker room with a 30-21 lead.

The Sycamores would tickle the nets at a 55.2 percent clip (16-of-29) in the second half and the defense proved tough as RHIT hit just 5-of-28 shots after halftime (17.9 percent).

Indiana State owned a 47-35 edge in rebounds, including a 12-11 edge in offensive rebounding. Odum led the Sycamores with five assists as the Sycamores had 13 assists on 26 made field goals for the game.

Michael Hallstein led Rose-Hulman with 11 points.

The Sycamores open the regular season with a special weekend on the Indiana State campus beginning on Friday, November 8 with the Larry Bird Scholarship Dinner inside Hulman Center at 8:30 p.m. (ET). A 15-foot tall statue will be dedicated in honor of Bird at 11:30 a.m. (ET) outside Hulman Center on Saturday, November 9 before the season opener against Ball State -- which begins at 1:05 p.m.

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