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Sycamore Starting Five Reaches Double Figures Scoring In Overtime Victory Over Ole Miss
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Ace Hunt




HONOLULU -- For the second consecutive season, the Indiana State Sycamores own a victory over the Southeastern Conference as they opened up the 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with a thrilling 87-85 overtime victory over Ole Miss.


Indiana State won their second consecutive game to improve to 6-3 on the season while Ole Miss fell to 8-2.


Manny Arop scored a career-high 27 points as he hit 9-of-15 shots from the field and was 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He added seven rebounds. Justin Gant recorded his first career double-double with a 12-point, 11-rebound performance. Jake Odum tallied 16 points for the Sycamores and nearly missed his second career triple-double as he added eight rebounds and eight assists.


Dawon Cummings hit a key late game 3-pointer to score 10 points with four assists while RJ Mahurin added 12 points as all five Sycamore starters reached double digit scoring.


The Sycamores hit 42.9 percent (30-of-70) shots from the field and were 9-of-22 from 3-point range (40.9 percent). The Sycamores hit 18-of-24 free throws in the game, while Ole Miss was just 7-of-13 from the charity stripe.


Ole Miss owned a slight 46-45 edge on the glass, including a 29-15 edge in second chance points. 


With the victory, Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing earned his 44th career victory, which ties him with John Wooden for 12th all-time in the Sycamore Record Book. The Sycamores won in the state of Hawaii for the first time since 1986.


With the scored tied at 75, the Sycamores and Rebels entered overtime where Jarvis Summers converted a pair of free throws just 15 seconds in to give Ole Miss a 77-75 advantage. Justin Gant scored on back-to-back possessions to record his first double-double as he hit a jumper and then backed down his defender to give the Sycamores a 79-77 lead.


Arop continued his career-best performance with just under three minutes remaining in the overtime as he put back an Odum miss and stretched the Sycamore lead out to 81-77. After Ole Miss scored on their own offensive rebound, Jake Odum was fouled at the death of the shot clock and hit a pair of charity tosses with 2:01 left to give the Sycamores an 83-79 lead.


Odum would go on to hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds remaining to stretch the lead out to 85-79. Ole Miss converted 1-of-2 charity tosses with 29 seconds left and then following a steal, Henderson converted a ranging 3-pointer with 18 seconds on the clock to cut the Sycamore lead down to 85-83.


With 11.1 seconds on the clock, Odum was fouled and he hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead out to 87-83. Reginald Buckner drained a jumper with 1 second on the clock to cut the Sycamore lead down to 87-85 and had a last chance heave at the basket from mid court which was long to give the Sycamores the victory.


Indiana State's 11-point halftime lead (44-33) dipped into single digits on a Marshall Henderson 3-pointer but RJ Mahurin countered with a conventional 3-point play just 50 seconds into the second period to restore the cushion at 47-36. 


Ole Miss would score the game's next four points, but Arop stopped the bleeding a turnaround field goal at the 16:25 mark which pushed the Sycamore lead back out to 51-42. 


Jake Odum tallied a lay-up to give the Sycamores a 55-50 advantage with 13:36 on the clock, but Ole Miss scored the game's next five points to knot the game at 55 until Khristian Smith converted a second chance basket at the 12:07 mark to restore a 57-55 lead. Dawon Cummings then buried a wide-open 3-pointer on the next trip down to floor to get the lead back out to 60-55.


Arop continued his strong showing with another 3-pointer as the clock ticked under nine minutes to answer an Ole Miss field goal and the lead was extended out to 63-57.


The Sycamores got a 3-pointer from Mahurin and then a breakaway dunk from Arop as the clock ticked under the six minute mark to stake the Sycamores to a 69-61 lead. Ole Miss countered with back-to-back 3-pointers which once again trimmed the Indiana State advantage down to 69-67. The run reached 8-0 on a dunk by the Rebels with leveled the score at 69 with 4:15 left.


Justin Gant stopped the bleeding with a bank shot jumper as the clock reached four minutes and the Sycamores took a 71-69 lead.


With Indiana State clinging to a 71-70 advantage, Dawon Cummings hit a deep 3-pointer with 2:14 remaining and Odum hit 1-of-2 free throws just seconds later to stretch the lead out to 75-70. Ole Miss responded once again with back-to-back field goals, including a 3-pointer by Nick Williams with 1:07 remaining which leveled the score again at 75.


The Sycamores got a coveted defensive stop and Mahurin had an open look in the waning seconds but it was off the mark. The long rebound came down to Ole Miss, but they were called for travelling with 0.3 seconds left in regulation and a long distance heave by Odum was just short to send the game into overtime, knotted at 75.


Both teams came out of the gate strong as the Sycamores hit four of their five shots from the field and Manny Arop drilled a 3-pointer four minutes into the game to even the contest at 10.


With the game tied at 14 following a Lucas Eitel jump shot at the 13:28 mark of the first half, Ole Miss would go on a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 24-14 lead and from then on it was all Indiana State for the final 10 minutes of the opening stanza. 


Manny Arop would convert a conventional 3-point play at the 10:11 mark and then drilled an open 3-pointer to inch the Sycamores within 24-20 at the 9:58 mark. The Rebels scored just two field goals the rest of the half, with the first being a Murphy Halloway jumper with 9:38 on the clock to stretch the Ole Miss cushion out to 26-20.


Jarvis Summers answered a pair of Arop free throws with a charity toss of his own with 8:56 remaining in the first half to give the Rebels the 27-22 advantage before RJ Mahurin drilled a 3-pointer and Gant secured a second chance basket to knot the contest at 27 with 7:38 on the clock.


The Sycamores would go on a 15-0 run during the defensive shutdown of Ole Miss, capped by a pair of Odum free throws at the 2:46 mark and Indiana State owned a 37-27 lead. Justin Gant finished off the Sycamore scoring with a pair of free throws with 44 seconds left before the half for the 44-33 halftime lead.


Manny Arop led all scorers with 16 points at the break.


Ole Miss had three players in double figures scoring, led by 27 from Henderson Marshall.


Indiana State returns to action on Sunday, December 23 when they take on either San Francisco or nationally-ranked San Diego State inside the Stan Sheriff Center at 3/5 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on ESPNU as well as WatchESPN.com.

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