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Sycamores Fall At Nationally-Ranked Wichita State
Courtesy:ISU Athletics

Ace Hunt


WICHITA, Kan. -- Indiana State fell to No. 5 Wichita State 68-48 in front of a sell-out crowd inside Koch Arena. The Shockers were the highest nationally-ranked team the Sycamores have played since taking on No. 4 Michigan State in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game.


The Sycamores saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end as they fell to 14-4, 5-1 MVC. Wichita State improved to 19-0, 6-0 MVC.


Indiana State was led in scoring by Dawon Cummings who hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.


Jake Odum became the first player in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference to record 500 career made free throws as well as 500 career assists when he went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe late in the first half.

Dawon Cummings scored first for the Sycamores when he hit a 3-pointer in transition off the feed from Jake Odum to stake Indiana State to a quick 3-0 lead. Cummings would drive to the basket for a lay-up with 16:16 left in the first half and after briefly losing the advantage, would lead 5-4.


A 3-pointer from Jake Kitchell at the 14:43 mark knotted the score at 8-8 before the Shockers scored seven in a row. A jumper from Khristian Smith with 10:03 on the clock broke the dry spell and got the Sycamores within 15-10. Answering a Wichita State field goal, Arop had a putback and then a steal which led to a lay-up from Khristian Smith as ISU trailed 17-14.


In the final minute of the first half, Jake Odum went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line as he connected on his 500th career charity toss. Odum's four points got the Sycamores within 31-22 at the half.


The Shockers would score the first 11 points of the second half to stretch their lead to 42-22 before Khristian Smith hit a free throw at the 14:12 mark. Indiana State's first field goal of the second half came with 12:15 on the clock with a Justin Gant tip-in. Gant's bucket cut the WSU edge down to 47-26.


Jake Kitchell would hit a lay-up with just over nine minutes remaining in the contest to get the Sycamores within 56-33. Cummings then hit a 3-pointer just over a minute later to make it 61-36. He stayed hot by drilling a 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor as the Sycamores inched closer at 63-39. 


Khristian Smith hit a runner in the paint with just over four minutes left in the contest as Indiana State put together a 12-3 run to draw within 64-45. Jake Odum made it 15-3 with a 3-pointer as the clock ticked towards three minutes remaining and Wichita held on to a 64-48 advantage.

Indiana State returns to action on Wednesday, January 22 when they travel to Loyola.


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