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Sycamores Fall On The Road Against Bradley
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Ace Hunt



PEORIA, Ill. -- Jake Odum went a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line and moved into sixth all-time at Indiana State for single-season free throws made as the Sycamores fell 80-68 at Bradley inside Carver Arena.


ISU fell to 16-10, 9-6 MVC while Bradley improved to 15-12, 7-8 MVC. 


Odum entered the game with 149 free throws on the year and with his 10 made in the game, entered the Sycamore single-season Top 10 list, passing Larry Bird, Jerry Newsom and Wayne Allison and now has 159 on the year, which ranks sixth. Bird's 221 made free throws in 1978-79, is the school record. In the game, Odum passed both Bird and Duane Klueh, the only two Sycamores to have their jerseys retired. His 10-of-10 free throw performance is the best by an Indiana State player since Dwayne Lathan made 10-of-10 against Southern Illinois on February 11, 2012.


Cummings was 7-of-8 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range to lead the Sycamores with a career-high 19 points. Odum scored 14 points, hitting all 10 of his free throw attempts in the contest while RJ Mahurin tallied 14. 


The game turned in the second half as the Sycamores held a 3-point advantage after shooting over 60 percent from the field before halftime, but were 10-of-29 after the break (34.5 percent) while the Braves were 15-of-25 from the field (60 percent).


The 80 points scored by Bradley are the most allowed by ISU since an 87-85 overtime victory over Ole Miss at the Diamond Head Classic. 


Leading 38-35 at the half, Indiana State scored on its first two possessions of the second half but then the Braves went on a 9-0 run to retake a 46-42. Odum went to the free throw line after being fouled on a drive to the paint at the 15:06 mark to stop the Bradley run by making both and cut the BU lead down to 46-44.


The Braves would go on to stretch its lead out to six points on two occassions before the next media timeout, until Kitchell got a second-chance lay-up and Odum improved to a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line at the 12:44 mark to cut the lead back down to 52-48. After a wild exchange of turnovers, Odum got ISU within two points at 52-50 with 11:35 left on another driving lay-up. 


Bradley found a little wiggle room, but Odum hit two more free throws with just under 10 minutes to go to draw the Sycamores within 56-54. After Egolf buried a jumper, the Sycamores appeared to be stopped on the offensive end, but Jake Kitchell garnered a long, lose ball round and found Arop open for a reverse lay-up with 8:14 remaining to keep ISU within arms reach at 58-56.


The Braves scored seven in a row to stretch its lead out to 65-56 with 5:40 remaning. A Dawon Cummings 3-pointer with 3:57 remaining cut the Bradley lead down to 67-59, but ISU could never recover from the late Bradley run and fell 80-68.


Cummings did hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes to help ISU cut into a Bradley lead which grew to as large as 12 points.


Indiana State made 6-of-10 shots from the field before the first media timeout, including a perfect 3-of-3 from RJ Mahurin as he scored seven points in just over six minutes of play. Neither team led by more than three points in the early offensive explosion, but Mahurin's jumper in the paint did stake the Sycamores to a 14-12 advantage.


Khristian Smith hit 1-of-2 free throws at the 12:08 mark but Bradley scored on three consecutive possessions to take a 21-15 advantage as the clock ticked under 12 minutes to go in the opening stanza.


The Bradley lead stood at 23-18 at the 10:46 mark on breakaway dunk by Dyricus Simms-Edwards, but ISU answered with six points in a row on buckets by Khristian Smith, Dawon Cummings and Arop to retake the lead at 24-23. The lead extended to 8-0 on a pair of free throws by Jake Odum as he made it 26-23 with just under seven minutes on the clock.


After the Braves were able to knot the score, the Sycamores regained the lead on an open dunk in the paint by Jake Kitchell and as the game neared the four minute mark of the first half, Dawon Cummings buried his second triple of opening stanza to give ISU a 31-26 cushion.


Cummings kept the lead going for Indiana State and made it 33-26 at the 3:30 mark with another jumper as he became the first Sycamore to reach double figures scoring. Each team then traded 3-pointers, as Eitel got into the action to restablish a seven-point advantage and Odum went on to convert a pair of free throws with 31 seconds on the clock for a 38-33 lead. Walt Lemon, Jr. hit a driving lay-up at the buzzer as the Sycamores went into the half up 38-35.


The Sycamores hit 14-of-24 shots from the field in the first half (58.3 percent) and Cummings led ISU with 10 points at the break.


Four Bradley scorers reached double figures, including a game-high 17 from Tyshon Pickett.


Indiana State returns to action on Tuesday, February 19 when they host Wichita State inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. (ET) and will be televised live nationally on ESPN3.

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