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Eitel Perfect From 3-Point Range As Sycamores Down High Point
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Ace Hunt

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Lucas Eitel scored a career-high 25 points as he tied an Indiana State single-game record for most 3-pointers hit in a row as well as eight in a row over the last two contests and finished with a perfect 7-of-7 mark from 3-point range, and a 9-of-9 mark from the field as the Sycamores earned a 76-62 victory in front of 4,855 fans inside Hulman Center.

"High Point is a really well coached team that plays extremely hard," head coach Greg Lansing said. "I can't say enough about Lucas Eitel, because he deserves it. Not just because he was knocking down shots -- he was defending too. That is why he got the nod. This is a good win over a high quality opponent."

Indiana State won for the fourth time in a row to improve to 4-1 on the season while High Point dropped to 3-2. The Sycamores improved to 30-1 all-time under head coach Greg Lansing when holding teams to less than 63 points and are off to at least a 4-1 start for the second consecutive season (started 5-0 last year).

Eitel went 9-of-9 from the field and hit all seven of his 3-point attempts in setting a new career-high with 25 points as he made his first career start. He became the first Sycamore to be perfect from 3-point range in a game with at least seven attempts and tied Jay Tunnell for the most 3-pointers hit in a row (7) as well as in a row over two games (8). Jordan Printy was 6-for-6 last year against Southern Illinois and Tunnell hit seven in a row at Illinois State (8-of-9 for the game) at Illinois State in 2009 as well as eight in a row against the Redbirds and Drake that same season.

Khristian Smith added 18 points and Mahurin tallied 10. Smith hit 7-of-11 shots from the field as he posted five rebounds as well and Mahurin hit a pair of 3-pointers to reach double figures scoring for the fourth time this season.

Jake Odum was solid all-around as he scored seven points to go with eight rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes of action.

For the season, Eitel has connected on 14-of-19 3-point attempts (73.7 percent).

The Sycamores held a 35-27 edge in the rebounding battle, holding a 12-2 advantage on second chance points while forced 10 Panther turnovers and converting them into 15 points.

Indiana State hit 24-of-46 shots from the field (52.2 percent) and drained 10-of-15 shots from 3-point range (66.7 percent) in the contest while High Point tallied 25-of-54 shots made (46.3 percent), but were just 4-of-11 from 3-point range (36.4 percent). The Sycamores hit 18 free throws while the Panthers made just eight.

High Point sandwhiched a 6-0 run around the half to take a 34-30 lead, but Manny Arop recorded a second-chance bucket to cut the Panther lead down to two points and Lucas Eitel drained his fifth 3-pointer for a 35-34 advantage and then hit another one to answer a Panther basket for a 38-36 lead.

Eitel made it a perfect 7-of-7 from 3-point range to push him over 20 points in a game for the first time in his career and gave the Sycamores a 41-36 advantage as the clock ticked down towards 16 minutes to go in the contest. He is the first Sycamore in the history of the program to hit each of his first seven 3-pointers in a game. Jordan Printy was 6-of-6 last year against Southern Illinois as part of ISU's historic 12-of-12 3-point shooting performance against the Salukis.

The Sycamore lead reached 45-38 when RJ Mahurin tallied a putback basket with 15 minutes left and then Khristian Smith grabbed his own offensive rebound and hit the jumper with 14:25 remaining in the contest for a 47-38 cushion. Mahurin hit his first triple of the contest off a cross court feed to stretch the lead out to 52-40 and Smith added a jumper in the paint as it was extended to 52-40 with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Eitel remained perfect from the field by hitting his ninth shot of the game in as many attempts to reach 25 points for the contest and gave the Sycamores a 54-42 lead as his foot was on the 3-point arc with just under 11 minutes to go in the game.

Mahurin stayed hot in the second half as he beat the shot clock with six minutes remaining to stretch the Sycamore advantage out to 64-49 and he pushed into double figures scoring with 10 for the contest.

The Sycamores raced out to a quick 6-0 on the strength of a pair of Lucas Eitel 3-pointers in the first two minutes of action. Eitel hit the two treys as he made the first start of his career. High Point would go on to score seven of the game's next eight points as the Panthers tied the contest up at seven with 16 minutes remaining. The Sycamore drought would end thirty seconds later on a running jumper by Khristian Smith as ISU retook a 9-7 advantage.

Smith would go on to hit 1-of-2 free throws and then drilled a driving lay-up with just over 13 minutes on the clock to run the lead out to 12-9. Dejaun McNaughy came right back with a 3-pointer as the score was tied for third time in the early going at 12-12.

High Point gained its first lead of the game at 14-12 at the 12:08 mark of the first half on a pair of free throws by Allan Chaney. Eitel tied a career-high with a trio of 3-pointers as he regained the lead for the Sycamores at 15-14 with 11:08 remaining before the break. After a Cummings steal, Odum found a streaking Eitel at the rim for a fast-break lay-up which extended the Sycamore lead out to 19-16. High Point then tied the game at 19 with a 3-pointer by Lorenzo Gucini.

Jake Kitchell ended a 6-0 Panther run with seven minutes remaining which cut the High Point advantage down to 22-21. After the Panthers hit a lay-up for a 24-21 cushion, Eitel made it a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the opening stanza and eclipsed his previous career high (12 points vs. Evansville Jan. 10, 2012) with 14 and tied the contest at 24. Odum followed his own miss for a 26-24 lead, but once again High Point was able to knot the contest yet again.

In addition to his early scoring, Eitel also got a key assist as he found Smith open in the lane for a turnaround jump shot to push the Sycamores ahead 28-26. Mahurin hit 1-of-2 free throws with just over three minutes left to take a 29-28 lead and then after he grabbed a defensive rebound, Mahurin was fouled and hit another charity toss for a 30-28 advantage. High Point scored the final four points of the first half to take a 32-30 lead into the locker room.

High Point had three scorers in double figures, led by Adam Weary's 12 off the bench.

The Sycamores return to action on Saturday, December 1 when they host New Mexico in the final edition of the Missouri Valley/Mountain West Challenge Series. Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m. (ET).


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