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Jake Odum Beats The Buzzer As Sycamores Outlast Miami In Overtime
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
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HONOLULU -- Jake Odum hit a running jumper in the lane with 0.8 seconds left as the Sycamores overcame a late seven-point Miami lead to down the Hurricanes 57-55 in overtime to secure third place in the Diamond Head Classic.


The Sycamores went 2-1 in the tournament and improved to 7-4 on the season while Miami fell to 8-3. ISU won both of its game in the Diamond Head Classic in overtime as well as against the Power 6 (also winning 87-85 in overtime against Ole Miss on December 22).


Indiana State was limited to just 17-of-63 shooting from the field (27 percent). That is the lowest shooting percentage by a winning team in NCAA Division I Basketball so far this season. ISU did finish 17-of-18 from the free throw line (94.4 percent), including a pair by RJ Mahurin on the Sycamores' final offensive possession of regulation which tied the game.


Mahurin and Arop each tied for game high scoring honors with 13 points each. Jake Odum, who hit the game winning shot with 0.8 seconds left in overtime, had nine points, six rebounds and six assists in the contest.


Khristian Smith secured his career-best 11th rebound of the game with just over 35 seconds left which set up a Sycamore timeout. Indiana State ran the clock all the way down to six seconds, spread the floor and Odum provided the heroics with a bankshot before the buzzer for the 57-55 victory.


The win over Miami was the first for the Sycamores since the 1979 NCAA Tournament against a current member of the Atlantic Coast Conference when they downed Virginia Tech. ISU also improved to 4-3 in overtime games under Greg Lansing and are 32-2 when holding teams under 63 points or less.


The Sycamores got a defensive stop to begin the overtime period and scored first on a field goal by Khristian Smith as ISU took a 51-49 lead. After Miami was able to knot the game at 51 just over a minute into the extra period, Arop hit a driving lay-up with 3:21 left to stake ISU to a 53-51 advantage.


Miami would score four points in a row until Arop hit a pair of free throws with just over a minute remaining to even the game again at 55.


Miami would score eight of the first 10 points in the second half after holding a two point lead over the Sycamores and found themselves up 31-23 with 17:17 remaining in the game. The Sycamores would counter with five points in a row to trim the Hurricane lead down to just 31-28 on a pair of free throws by Odum as well an Arop trey as he reached double figures scoring in each game of the Diamond Head Classic.


Miami ran the lead back out to 33-28, but Arop countered with a lay-up to cut the Hurricane advantage down to three points with just over 12 minutes remaining.


The Sycamores would not score again until the 8:15 mark when Lucas Eitel hit 1-of-2 free throws to cut the lead down to 39-31. Devonte Brown hit a pair of free throws and converted the conventional 3-point play with 4:27 remaining to cut the Miami advantage down to 43-40. 


The Hurricanes would go on to score the game's next four points until Mahurin hit a pair of free throws at the 2:25 mark to cut the Miami cushion down to just 47-42. Lucas Eitel then stepped up after a defensive stop and buried a 3-pointer with just under two minutes on the clock to make it a two point game. After Larkin scored for Miami to move the lead out to 49-45, Odum was fouled driving to the basket and hit both free throws to make it 49-47 with 1:02 remaining.


Miami would go to miss a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left and Mahurin was fouled after grabbing an offensive rebound at the 16.9 second mark. He hit both ensuing free throws to knot the game at 49. The Sycamores got a defensive stop and had a last second heave fall short to send the Sycamores to their second overtime game of the Diamond Head Classic.


Justin Gant scored first for Indiana State with an open lay-up off the feed for Odum to stake the Sycamores to a quick 2-0 lead less than a minute in. The Hurricanes would go on to score the next nine points of the game until Devonte Brown banked one in to cut the Miami lead down to 9-4 with 14:19 remaining in the opening stanza.


Dawon Cummings and Manny Arop drilled 3-pointers around the nine minute mark but Miami continued to pound the ball inside to own a 15-10 edge with 8:30 left in the first half. Odum connected on a 3-pointer with 4:25 left to inch the Sycamores within 17-15.


Arop converted a conventional 3-point play with 1:23 left in the first half to make ti 23-21 in favor of Miami and the Sycamores missed a pair of second chance opportunities with less than 10 seconds left that would have knotted the game at the break.


Arop led the Sycamores with six points at the half, and Indiana State owned a 24-23 edge on the glass despite giving up 12 second chance points and 20 points in the paint.


Kenny Kadji led Miami with 11 points.

Indiana State opens Missouri Valley Conference play on Sunday, December 30 when they host Illinois State inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 1:05 p.m. (ET).

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