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Nationally Ranked New Mexico Escapes With Overtime Victory Over Sycamores
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Ace Hunt


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State Sycamores erased a 19-point second half deficit and forced overtime before falling 77-68 to the visiting No. 23/25 New Mexico Lobos in front of a crowd of 6,080 inside Hulman Center.


ISU saw its four-game winning streak come to an end and dropped to 4-2 while New Mexico remained unbeaten on the year and moved to 8-0.


Jake Odum had another standout performance for the Sycamores as he engineered the Sycamore comeback during the course of the second half and posted 25 points for the game, hitting 9-of-16 shots from the field and seven free throws. He added seven rebounds and four assists despite spending most of the first half with two fouls.


Manny Arop posted a double-double for the second consecutive game as he tallied 17 points, hitting 6-of-11 from the field and added 10 rebounds. Dawon Cummings came off the bench to score 10 points.


ISU hit just 8-of-27 (29.6 percent) from the field in the first half, but converted 13-of-25 in the second half (52 percent). The Sycamores finished the game by hitting of 23-of-59 (39 percent) from the floor and limited the Lobos to just 22-of-57 shooting (38.6 percent). New Mexico hit just 5-of-25 (20 percent) from the field in the second half.


Chad Adams hit a 3-pointer for New Mexico with 18:33 remaining to stake the Lobos to a 40-21 lead, which was the largest of the contest. ISU got a 3-pointer from Lucas Eitel and two free throws from Arop to trim the lead down to 40-26.


Odum cut the led down to 44-31 with 14:47 remaining when he went to the free throw line in a bonus situation and grabbed his own rebound after the New Mexico players thought it was a two-shot foul and finished with a dunk to inch ISU closer at 44-31.


The Lobo lead shrunk to just 48-39 with 11:08 on the clock with a conventional 3-point play before Tony Snell countered with three free throws a few seconds later to stretch it back out to 51-39.


Indiana State would go on an 8-0 run with a lay-up and back-to-back jumpers from Arop and then a pair of charity tosses by Arop to make it 51-47 with 8:10 remaining. Kendall Williams converted a conventional 3-point play and then Odum hit a jumper with seven minutes to go and then found Dawon Cummings on a long pass which he turned into a 3-point play himself to cut into New Mexico advantage down to 54-52.


Williams tossed in a lay-up with 1:52 remaining to make it 62-57 and then Gant drained a long 3-pointer near the end of the shot clock to make it 62-60. After Williams hit two free throws, Odum converted a jump shot to make it 64-62 with 18 seconds on the clock.


Williams then missed both free throws with 14 seconds to go and Odum completed the regulation comeback with a lay-up with 2.9 seconds remaining to knot the contest at 64.


In overtime, New Mexico would hit 4-of-6 shots from the field, including the first five points to earn the 69-64 lead. Odum answered the first five points with a jumper to make it 69-6 and then Arop scored with 1:12 remaining to make it 71-68.


New Mexico scored the final six points of the extra period to earn the 77-68 victory.


ISU scored first on an Arop 3-pointer and led 7-2 when he hit a lay-up with 16:51 left before the half. Cummings converted a fastbreak dunk off a steal to stretch the lead out to 13-10 with 9:24 on the clock before the Lobos took a 14-13 lead on a Cameron Bairstow jumper with 7:03 left before the break.


The Sycamores had 11 turnovers before the half and didn't turn it over again the rest of the contest.


Four New Mexico players reached double figures scoring, led by Kendall Williams with 24.


Indiana State returns to action on Saturday, December 8 when they travel to Morehead State. Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m. (ET).

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