The Bulldogs of Truman State took advantage of a quick start to jump out to a 7-0 lead over the Sycamores to start the game. Sophomore Jake Kitchell got the Sycamores on the board with a layup and an old-fashion three-point play by junior Jake Odum cut the Bulldog lead to 7-5.
Both teams then traded buckets before junior Lucas Eitel hit a three-pointer to give Indiana State its first lead of the game at 11-10. The Sycamores could not pull away from the Bulldogs, however, as with 9:40 to go in the half, Truman State converted a 4-point play to retake the lead at 19-17.
Kitchell tied the game back up with a pair of free throws and junior RJ Mahurin gave the Sycamores the lead again at 22-19 off a three-pointer. At halftime, the Sycamores held a 34-26 advantage over the Truman State.
Just like the start of the first half, Truman State got off to a quick start in the second half and cut the Sycamore lead to four at 40-36 with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
A jumper by sophomore Justin Gant and a three-pointer by Odum put the Sycamores back in front by nine at 45-36.
Later in the half the Sycamores pulled out to their largest lead of the game at 16 off a layup by Kitchell, and three-pointer and layup by junior Dawon Cummings with just over seven minutes left to play.
The Bulldogs battled but the Sycamore defense held strong, and Indiana State went on to defeat the Truman State 70-57 inside Hulman Center.
Odum led the Sycamores with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Mahurin added 12 points for the Sycamores with seven assists. As a team the Sycamores out rebounded the Bulldogs 35-23 and scored 32 points in the paint.
The Sycamores will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when they travel to face the Cardinals of Ball State at 7 p.m. in Muncie, Ind.