EVANSVILLE, Ind.– The Indiana State Sycamores were looking for their first road win of the season on Saturday night and their first Missouri Valley Conference victory as well.ISU (6-5, 1-0) played its most all-around game of the season and earned a 70-56 victory over in-state rival Evansville (5-6, 0-1) at Roberts Stadium.The win broke a four-game losing streak against the Purple Aces and a three-game losing streak in Evansville.
The Sycamores jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, thanks to a three-pointer by sophomore Harry Marshall to open the game.Evansville jumped came right back, though, and scored the next six points to take a 6-3 lead.After a Marico Stinson free throw cut the lead to two points, senior Gabe Moore connected from three-point range to put ISU up 7-6 with left on the clock.
The two squads then went back-and-forth, trading the lead for the rest of the half.ISU led by as much as four points after a jumper by freshman Isiah Martin made the score 23-19 with left in the half.However, the Purple Aces fourth back and knotted the score at 23-23 on a layup by Nate Garner.After a three-pointer from Shy Ely put Evansville up three points at 26-23 with 1:14 left, Stinson connected on a jumper with 45 seconds left to cut the lead to one at 26-25 at the half.
IndianaState came out firing in the second half and opened with a 10-2 run.Moore had seven straight points to start the run and it was capped off by a three-pointer by senior Todd McCoy to give the Sycamores a 37-28 lead with 16:28 left on the clock.The ISU lead would eventually grow to as much as 15 points at 51-36 on another three-pointer by McCoy with left in the game.
The ISU lead continued to grow, as Moore continued to dominate as a layup gave ISU its largest lead of the game at 59-40 with left in the game.Evansville tried to claw back late and managed to cut the lead to nine at 63-54 on a Jason Holsinger three-pointer with left on the clock.However, Moore scored four more points in the last two minutes and the Sycamores held on for the 70-56 win.
Moore finished with a game-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half, to go along with six assists to lead ISU to the victory.He was joined in double figures by McCoy and Harry Marshall with 13 points, and Martin with 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
ISU returns to action on January 2, 2008, when the Sycamores face off against Creighton at the HulmanCenter.Tip off is set for in Terre Haute, Ind.