SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Jake Odum led Indiana State with 18 points while Aaron Carter added 15 as the Sycamores led at halftime but fell short in the final minute of a 73-66 defeat against Missouri State inside JQH Arena in front of 8,201 fans.
ISU dropped its fifth consecutive contest to fall to 12-12, 7-6 MVC but remained in a tie for fourth place in the league standings. MSU snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 18-6, 10-3 MVC.
Odum went 6-of-11 from the field, including a 3-pointer and a 5-of-5 performance from the free throw line in scoring 18 points. Carter drilled three 3-pointers in the contest as he snapped a two-game skid of not scoring in double figures with 15 points. Carl Richard, suffering from the affects of the flu, played 34 minutes and scored eight points while leading the team with nine rebounds.
Indiana State held a 36-31 lead the half, but a bucket by MSU's Will Creekmore and a 3-poiner from Jermaine Mallett quickly evened the score of 36 with 18:26 left in the contest. Jake Odum hit a pair of free throws with 18:10 remaining to give the Sycamores a 38-36 advantage. The game continued to have a back-and-forth flow as the two team traded two baskets as the game was knotted 42. ISU got a jumper from Carl Richard with 15:43 on the clock before Nick Valla hit a three-pointer to give MSU a 45-44 cushion.
Dwayne Lathan drilled a pair of free throws as ISU pulled ahead 46-45 with 12:48 remaining before MSU see-sawed ahead 47-46 on two charity tosses from Nafis Ricks. Aaron Carter and Carl Richard hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the clock ticked towards 10 minutes remaining for a 52-50 lead.
The Bears eventually took a 61-57 lead on a 3-pointer by Adam Leonard with 6:10 on the clock, but the Sycamores raced back on a leaner by Odum and a fastbreak lay-up from Lathan with 4:57 on the clock as the game was eventually tied once again at 61.
Missouri State was held scoreless for over four minutes until Leonard hit a pair of free throws with 2:12 on the clock to give the Bears a 63-61 lead. Leonard then continued his strong second half with his third 3-pointer after halftime for a 66-61 advantage. Carter answered with his second 3-pointer after the half to inch the Trees closer at 66-64 with 1:02 left in the game. ISU turned the ball over with 20 seconds on the clock and then was whistled for an intentional foul before Mallet hit two free throws and Nathan Scheer hit 1-of-2 to stretch MSU's lead out to 69-64 with 16.2 seconds left.
Odum was fouled with 14.4 seconds left and hit both of his free throws to make it 69-66 in favor of the Bears with no time off going off the clock. Weems was fouled and hit both charity tosses to make it 71-66 before Printy just missed a wide open trey. Ricks was fouled and hit both his free throws for the 73-66 victory.
Jake Odum scored the Sycamores first four points to take an early 4-2 lead, before Aaron Carter broke out of a recent scoring slump with a 3-pointer to take a 7-2 lead with 17:11 on the clock.
The Sycamores then got three points on three consecutive trips down the floor, the first a conventional 3-point play by Odum and then back-to-back triples from Jordan Printy and Carl Richard as ISU raced out to 18-12 advantage with 11:52 remaining in the opening stanza. MSU which scored four of its first six points of the game at the free throw line, hit four consecutive 3-pointers, including two in a row by Adam Leonard as the Bears inched closer at 20-18 with 9:32 on the clock.
ISU ran its lead out to 29-24 on back-to-back buckets by Isiah Martin with 5:26 on the clock before the Bears responded with a 7-0 run to give MSU a 31-29 on a triple by Kyle Weems with 4:17 remaining. The Bears did not score again the remainder of the half, while the Sycamores regained their lead on a 3-pointer by Mahurin with 2:27 remaining and then got an Aaron Carter jumper plus a Myles Walker lay-up to take a 36-31 lead into the half. Both Odum and Carter had seven points each for the Sycamore before halftime.
The Sycamores owned a 35-30 advantage on the boards, including 10 offensive rebounds which led the 18 second chance points. Turnovers were the dagger for the Sycamores as they committed 12 miscues in the contest, including 10 in the second half alone as MSU converted them into 17 points.
MSU placed five scorers in double figures, led by Leonard with 19 points as he hit five 3-pointers. Creekmore scored 16 while Weems had 13, Ricks posted 11 and Mallett scored 10.
Indiana State returns to action on Wednesday, February 9 at Illinois State inside Redbird Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET) and can be heard live on ESPN Radio 92.7 FM & 1300 AM as well as online via GoSycamores.com.