Indiana State’s men’s basketball team ended its three-game Bahamas trip with a 76-55 victory over the P.J. Stingers Tuesday night at Kendal Isaacs Gym in Nassau, Bahamas.
ISU went 3-0 on the foreign trip. NCAA teams are allowed to make one foreign preseason trip every four years.
Lucas Eitel led ISU with 15 points. Junior college transfer Dawon Cummings added 14 points as ISU found itself in a much more defensive game than it had been the previous night when it defeated the Real Deal Shockers 116-75.
ISU struggled with turnovers and poor shooting at times and found itself down 22-15 at the end of the first quarter (games during the trip were played under international rules). The Stingers’ lead peaked at 32-23 midway through the second quarter.
ISU then clamped down defensively as the Stingers scored just two baskets in the last five minutes of the second quarter. Free throws by Eitel and a pair of buckets by Khristian Smith ignited a 13-2 ISU run.
Cummings finished it off. He hit a pair of 3-pointers at the end of the run to put ISU in front 36-34.
The run was not without cost to ISU. Junior forward Manny Arop fell on his head near ISU’s basket and had to be removed from the game. He eventually had to leave the gym to have stitches to a cut on the top of his head. Junior college transfer Mike Samuels sat out the game with a sprained ankle.
ISU put the Stingers away via defense in the second half. The Stingers scored just two field goals in the third quarter as the Sycamores gradually pulled away. An 8-2 surge to end the stanza helped ISU lead 55-42 by the end of it.
The Stingers cut the lead to nine in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.
No one besides Cummings and Eitel reached double-figure scoring. R.J. Mahurin and Khristian Smith added eight points apiece.
ISU will have individual workouts until practice begins in October. ISU will play an exhibition game against Lewis on Nov. 1 and the Sycamores will open their season at UCLA on Nov. 9.
Indiana State 15 21 19 21 — 76
P.J. Stingers 22 14 6 13 — 55