SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri finally broke for the Indiana State men’s basketball team.
After 18 straight losses at Missouri State — no wins since the Bears joined the Missouri Valley Conference in 1992 — the Sycamores changed their fate in their maiden visit to JQH Arena.
Four free throws by Harry Marshall in the last four seconds sealed a 76-71 ISU win, the Sycamores’ third victory in a row.
“This is big for us. This is a hard place to play. Coach mentioned to us in the locker room that we hadn’t won here in forever. It was Jay [Tunnell’s] first time beating Missouri State, so it was good for him to get a win, it was good for us to get our third win in a row,” ISU guard Jordan Printy said.
In essence, ISU (7-19, 5-10 MVC) put a three-game gap on Missouri State (10-16, 3-12) for 10th place in the Missouri Valley Conference. ISU has a two-game lead, but has the head-to-head tiebreaker edge, pending the Feb. 28 game at Hulman Center.
Marshall’s free throws capped a near-perfect night at the line for the Sycamores. ISU was 21 of 22 there to go along with 50-percent shooting from the field. By contrast, Missouri State was 11 of 19 at the line.
“The one we missed nearly cost us big time [a Carl Richard miss with 17 seconds left], but we made a lot of them. Early on in the season, free throws cost us some chances to win ball games,” ISU coach Kevin McKenna said. “We work on them all the time and it’s paying off.”
ISU was in a position to let its free throw shooting determine its fate after an early second-half run that put the game in the Sycamores’ hands. Missouri State led 39-32 at the 18:48 mark when the Sycamores turned on a dime and went on a 15-0 run.
Rashad Reed, one of four Sycamores in double figures with 14 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers to put ISU ahead 40-39.
A minute later, Marshall converted the key play in the run. Missouri State lost him as it tried to account for everyone defensively. Marshall sniffed out their trouble, drove for an uncontested layup, made the shot and was fouled by Chris Cooks. The officials ruled that Cooks intentionally fouled Marshall, so he got two free throws, made them both, and put ISU up 44-39. Two possessions later, Richard completed the run with another 3-pointer as ISU led 47-39.
The Sycamores fought off several comeback attempts by the Bears. Missouri State quickly trimmed its deficit to two, only to have ISU respond with a 6-0 run. ISU led 66-57 with 6:23 left, only to have Missouri State fight back to get ISU’s lead down to 70-69 with 1:53 remaining.
After a Reed 3-point miss at 1:25, the Bears briefly took the lead on a pair of Wade Knapp free throws with 1:01 left in the game to make it 71-70.
ISU re-took the lead when Cooks was called for a foul on Tunnell on an ISU in-bounds pass away from the action. Tunnell calmly made both of his free throws to restore ISU’s lead to 72-71.
From there, ISU fought back three Missouri State attempts to take the lead or tie the game. Cooks missed a jumper with 19 seconds left, Knapp’s putback attempt sailed over the rim and Richard rebounded to stave off one comeback effort. When Richard missed the free throw, Missouri State had another chance. Spencer Laurie rushed a running jumper with seven seconds left, Marshall rebounded, and hit a pair of free throws to make it 74-71.
Kyle Weems took Missouri State’s last shot, an off-balance 3-pointer that Richard got a piece of. It was short, Marshall rebounded, and hit the free throws to clinch the victory, ISU’s first at Missouri State since 1976, when the Bears were still a Division II program.
“We talked about it every time in the huddle — get stops, get rebounds. We had some guys make some big rebounds and we hit our free throws,” Printy said.
Marshall led ISU with 19 points and had five assists. Reed had 14 points, Tunnell 13, and Printy had one of his best overall games as a Sycamore: 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Richard had nine points and 10 rebounds. Aaron Carter broke out of a recent slump, scoring seven of his nine points in the second half.
“The team is playing like it has nothing to lose. We’re creeping to where we need to be at each position. We’re playing very well as a team,” Marshall said.
ISU led 9-2 early and led 18-11 at the 12:20 mark. The Sycamores scored on eight of their first 12 possessions. The momentum dried up in a 13-0 Missouri State run. The Bears scored on nine straight trips down the floor.
ISU twice cut its deficit to two in the final 10 minutes of the half, but Missouri State led 35-30 at the break.
ISU’s three conference road wins (Northern Iowa, Illinois State, Missouri State) are the most its had since 2001. ISU has completed half of its four road conference games out of five
The trip continues Wednesday at Southern Illinois. After a BracketBusters home game against Toledo at 2 p.m. Saturday, ISU goes to Wichita State on Feb. 24.
Indiana State 76
Player mi fg 3pt ft r a pf tp
Printy 35 5-8 0-2 0-0 7 5 1 10
Richard 38 3-5 1-1 2-3 10 0 3 9
Tunnell 29 4-9 1-4 4-4 6 0 1 13
Marshall 31 6-9 0-2 7-7 4 5 2 19
Reed 36 4-11 2-6 4-4 3 1 1 14
Leitnaker 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
Barlow 3 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
Carter 18 2-3 1-2 4-4 1 0 2 9
Crawford 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 2
Totals 200 25-50 5-18 21-22 32* 11 13 76
Missouri State 71
Player mi fg 3pt ft r a pf tp
Cook 30 5-13 1-2 1-2 6 3 5 12
Weems 35 8-16 0-4 1-2 6 2 3 17
Knapp 30 4-10 0-0 6-11 5 0 1 14
Fuehrmeyer 26 1-4 1-2 1-2 4 1 3 4
McFarland 19 2-3 2-3 2-2 1 0 2 8
Sp.Laurie 33 3-7 2-3 0-0 4 4 2 8
Creekmore 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 5 2 0 2
Jehie 17 3-5 0-1 0-0 1 0 2 6
Totals 200 27-62 6-15 11-19 33* 12 18 71
Halftime score — MSU 35, ISU 30. FG % — ISU .500, MSU .435; 3P% — ISU .278, MSU .400; FT% — ISU .955, MSU .579. Steals — ISU 5 (Richard 2, Carter 2), MSU 6 (Fuehrmeyer 2); Blocks — ISU 3 (Crawford 2), MSU 4 (Knapp 3). Turnovers — ISU 12, MSU 8. Team rebounds* — ISU 0, MSU 1. A — 7,286.
Next — ISU (7-19, 5-10) plays at Southern Illinois on Wednesday. Missouri State (10-16, 3-12) plays at Bradley on Tuesday.
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