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February 16, 2014

Odum wakes Sycamores from SIU bad dream

VIDEOS: Jake Kitchell & Jake Odum, SIU coach Barry Hinson

TERRE HAUTE — For as long as he’s been in the Missouri Valley Conference, Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson has been a recurring nightmare for Indiana State’s basketball team.

Hinson’s Salukis descended upon Hulman Center on Saturday. All of the horrors Hinson’s teams usually inflict upon the Sycamores swooped in with him.

ISU tossed and turned as SIU’s zone defense kept them in an uncomfortable slumber. So did the pace of the Salukis’ offense. Playing offense at a glacial, but patient, pace, the Salukis marched to the line seemingly at will in the first half. When SIU went up seven in the second half, it seemed there was nothing that wasn’t going to wake the Sycamores from their ordeal.

That’s when Jake Odum shook the Sycamores back to consciousness and out of their bad dream.

Much as he did at Bradley in a Wednesday victory, Odum took control. He 11 of his team-high 15 points in the final 11 minutes, 16 seconds of the contest as ISU rallied for a 60-57 victory over the Salukis.

Hinson, who suffered a rare loss to ISU as his career record against ISU fell to 19-6, didn’t need a scoresheet to tell him what the difference was in the game.

“You guys want me to make an opening statement?” said Hinson as he began his postgame press conference. “I have two words: Jake Odum. ... Seniors make big plays in big times, and certainly, Jake did.”

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Odum scored six points in a decisive 13-1 run that turned SIU’s seven-point lead into a five-point Sycamores’ advantage they would not relinquish. But it wasn’t just his scoring that made the difference.

Odum went into attack mode, cutting up a SIU zone that had lulled ISU to sleep for the game’s first 30 minutes. He cut through the lane, moved without the ball, and got his teammates doing the same. Once Odum got going, the rest of the Sycamores began to follow suit, finding holes in the zone to exploit for an extra pass to get easy buckets.

“We knew we had to look ourselves in the mirror down seven,” Odum said. “We had to tighten up a little bit and stick it in the basket.”

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