Illinois State’s Anthony Cousin three-point field in the final seconds forced overtime, but the Redbirds suffered their sixth-straight road loss in an 83-77 overtime defeat to Indiana State at the Hulman Center Tuesday night.
The Redbirds dropped to 16-11 on the season and 8-8 in league play, while Indiana State improved to 16-11 and 7-9, respectively. Jake Odum paced the Sycamores with 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists
The Sycamores used a 6-0 run to open the overtime to build a 79-73 lead, while the Redbirds missed their first five field goal attempts in the extra period. Following a Tyler Brown free throw on the front end of a one-and-one, Jackie Carmichael rejected a Jordan Printy running layup and converted a field goal on the other end to cut the lead, 79-77 with 32.8 left in overtime.
Indiana State opened the second half with a 13-4 spurt, including four points from Jake Odum, to take a 41-36 lead with 17:12 left. Illinois State regained the lead, 46-44, at the 14:03 mark on Carmichael’s basket. Illinois State held the lead until the 2:11 mark, when Jordan Printy sank his fourth three of the game to force the fourth tie of the game, 67-67.
Following a 1-for-2 effort from the foul line by Illinois State’s Brown, the Sycamores regained the lead, 69-68, with 1:28 remaining on a pair of free throws by Odum. The Indiana State point guard added to the lead with a jumper from the lane with 33.5 seconds left to take a 71-68 advantage. Illinois State’s Nic Moore drove the lane and finished the layup with 26.4 seconds left and the Redbirds trailing, 71-70.
Carl Richards sank a pair of free throws for Indiana State and a 73-70 lead with 12.4 seconds left, but Cousin drained a three-pointer from the left wing with seven seconds on the clock. Odum was fouled with 1.9 seconds left and missed both free throws, after making 12 of his previous 13 attempts, to set up overtime.
Hot shooting was the story for both teams in the early going, until Illinois State was finally able to make the game’s first run on 7-for-9 shooting to open the game and built a 20-15 lead with 7:44 remaining in the half. The Redbirds turned cold, making two of their next eight shots that included a five-and-a-half minute scoring drought, as the Sycamores countered with an 11-0 run to take a 26-20 edge.
Illinois State finished the first half making all four of its final field goal attempts and responded with a 10-0 run and took a 32-28 lead into the locker room. Moore led the Redbirds with 16 points, while Carmichael finished with 15. Brown and Cousin added 13 points apiece. Odum led three Sycamores in double-digit scoring, including Myles Walker with 16 and Printy with 15.
Illinois State will be back in action Saturday at 4:05 p.m., on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena, as the Redbirds host Oakland in a non-conference tilt.
Article courtesy ISU Sports Information