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John Mascari’s sights set high in NCAA cross country championships
Big John is in the big show for the second straight year.
This time, Terre Haute’s own John Mascari, an Indiana State sophomore, has his sights on an All-American finish Saturday on the course he grew up racing as a prep standout at Terre Haute North.
Mascari was 60th in the NCAA championships as a freshman at Louisville, and after last week’s Great Lakes Region victory, he is confident he can crack the top 40 at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in front of hometown fans.
ISU basketball hopes to continue free-throw accuracy
Taking — and then making — free throws have been important in basketball from the beginning, regardless of changes in offensive philosophy or rules. But when the NCAA mandated that officials consistently call contact fouls, everyone in the game knew that making free throws would take on even greater importance than usual this season.
Wittman, Small wait turn for ISU women
More scoring options. Poised defenders. Momentum heading into the Missouri Valley Conference season. That’s what the Indiana State’s women’s basketball team hope is provided to them when Stephanie Wittman and Chelsea Small become eligible in late December after sitting out until the end of the fall semester due to NCAA transfer rules.
Metro sports: Great Lakes Region honors Mascari
Indiana State sophomore John Mascari has been named the 2013 Great Lakes Region Male Athlete of the Year for cross country.
Sims, Stetson shoot past ISU women
Indiana State allowed 47-percent shooting to host Stetson on Monday night, Sasha Sims leading the Hatters with 24 points in a 90-74 victory against the Sycamores.
Metro roundup: Smith, Abdul-Qaadir get MVC awards
Indiana State basketball players earned a pair of Missouri Valley Conference honors Monday, as Khristian Smith was named Player of the Week for men’s teams and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir was picked as women’s Newcomer of the Week.
ISU women hope to get back on winning way against Stetson
Getting off to a strong start could be one key for the Indiana State women’s basketball team as they begin a three-game road trip tonight at Stetson.
Irish eyes are crying: ISU beats No. 21 Notre Dame
Not ... this ... time.
Indiana State experienced the sting of squandering a 16-point halftime lead at Belmont on Thursday, and after No. 21 Notre Dame wiped out a 10-point ISU halftime lead in five minutes, that sinking feeling was settling in again.
But the Sycamores were made of tougher stuff on Sunday at the Joyce Center. After ISU was punched, the Sycamores stood tall and delivered an 18-3 counterpunch. Notre Dame didn’t know what hit it and never recovered, as the Sycamores earned an impressive 83-70 victory.
Smith has been spark for Sycamores
Indiana State’s men’s basketball team is averaging 86.7 points per game, so plenty of Sycamores are getting in on the scoring act.
Sycamores' hoping to solve defensive issues at Notre Dame
Even if Indiana State’s defense was playing at optimum level, the challenge presented by No. 21 Notre Dame would have been formidable for the Sycamores.
Alas, the Sycamores have been far from optimal.
Sycamores' strong second-half effort not enough against Western Illinois
Indiana State’s football team got a couple of things Saturday afternoon that it hadn’t had in a while — offensive touchdowns and genuine, honest-to-goodness, scare-the-opponent-into-potentially-bad-decisions momentum.
What the Sycamores didn’t get was a victory.
Indiana State women can't 'get over the hump' against Indiana
The Sycamores forced the Hoosiers into 22 turnovers, but IU made just enough plays down the stretch to get pull off the upset victory, only the third on the road in the past two seasons.
“Their defense is just outstanding,” IU coach Curt Miller said. “We were the underdogs tonight; make no mistake about the name of the school, we were the underdogs.”
ISU’s John Mascari wins NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Indiana State sophomore cross country runner John Mascari made history when he became the Sycamores’ first ever individual NCAA Regional champion during the Great Lakes Regional at Wisconsin on Friday.
Indiana State women hoping to knock off Hoosiers in Hulman Center
Indiana State, the program’s best defensive team in points allowed a year ago, has held its first two opponents to a combined 32.3 percent from the field and an average of 46.5 points.
The opponents may have been Oakland and IPFW, but Indiana visits Hulman Center tonight having scored 85 points in its two victories.
ISU unable to hold 16-point halftime lead at Belmont
ISU could do no wrong in the first half as it built a 16-point halftime lead. Unfortunately for the Sycamores, the Bruins controlled the second half, and ultimately the game, in a 96-95 Belmont victory.
Belmont coach toils under radar
During his four seasons, Indiana State men’s basketball coach Greg Lansing has compiled a career record of 57-44. Not too shabby. Lansing locks horns tonight against Belmont head coach Rick Byrd. Byrd’s career record? 664-349. Byrd is one of just 78 coaches in college basketball history who has 600 or more victories at a four-year college.
Abdul-Qaadir scores 24 as ISU wins at Eastern Illinois
Indiana State’s women’s basketball team defeated Eastern Illinois by a score of 65-53 on Tuesday night in Lantz Arena.
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir led the Sycamores with 24 points, knocking down 10 of 16 from the field to go with three steals and two assists.
Anna Munn added 16 points, five rebounds and two steals and Racheal Mahan scored 12 points to go with three steals.
ISU women hope offensive frustration has played out
Indiana State gets its first women’s basketball road test of the season today when the Sycamores make a short trip west to face Eastern Illinois. Tipoff is 8 p.m. EST in Lantz Arena.
Sycamores fall again to Illinois State in MVC soccer finals
Indiana State played Illinois State, unbeaten in Missouri Valley Conference matches, to a 2-1 defeat at Memorial Stadium just over than a month ago.
Cummings knocks down six 3-pointers as ISU tops Ball State
When trying to figure out how a team won a game it’s easy to over-think it.
Sometimes a victory is as simple as having better individual talent. The good news for Indiana State’s men’s basketball team on Saturday in its season opener against Ball State was that the Sycamores possessed better goods.
TODD GOLDEN: Great to see Bird inside his house at Indiana State
I don’t know Larry Bird and it would be extraordinarily foolish for me to pretend to be an expert on his mood, but some impressions don’t lie, and as I watched the Indiana State legend be honored with a beautiful 15-foot statue by his alma mater on Saturday at Hulman Center, I saw someone who seemed at ease in his time, and especially, his place.
MARK BENNETT: A degree of success
Determination to get that diploma Larry Bird’s deepest bond with fellow ISU alums, students
Sycamore men dealing with the unknown opponent … Ball State
Opening day is when the mysteries of the season begin to be revealed. It’s true for every team, but it might go double for Ball State, Indiana State’s men’s basketball opponent today at Hulman Center.
While the Sycamores enter the 1 p.m. game loaded with nine experienced players and a proven track record, the Cardinals are something of a mystery.
ISU players look forward to Bird statue ceremony
When you play basketball at Indiana State, it’s impossible to escape the long shadow cast by the greatness that was Larry Bird.
The Sycamores recognize that and embrace playing at Bird’s alma mater. Larry Bird’s 15-foot statue will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. today in a ceremony outside Hulman Center and the Sycamores are proud to be a part of it.
ISU women ready to unleash new, improved defensive look
Indiana State women’s basketball coach Teri Moren has been building a roster toward depth and athleticism in part because of a desire to bring pressure in the full court.
The Sycamores excelled as a halfcourt defensive team in 2012-13, ranking second in the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring defense at 55.5 per game behind Wichita State’s 55.4 ppg.
ISU football team facing another tough mental challenge
Mike Sanford expects his football team’s mental toughness to be tested today when Indiana State plays at South Dakota State.
Not that it hasn’t been tested already.
Indiana State women’s soccer team advances to MVC championship
The Indiana State women’s soccer team used two goals in each half to overcome No. 6 seed Drake for a 4-0 triumph in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals Friday evening at Black Beauty Field.
With the victory, ISU qualified for the tourney championship game for the second straight year and will face the winner of the No. 1 Illinois State/No. 5 seed Evansville game at 1:06 p.m. Sunday.
Filling our void: Terre Haute artist Bill Wolfe poured his heart and soul into the project of a lifetime
Bill Wolfe thumbed through a series of photographs documenting his sculpture of basketball legend Larry Bird.
Eye on the prize: Game-to-game focus is what Indiana State men are seeking this year
There is a significant amount of buzz entering Indiana State’s 2013-14 men’s basketball season. A less kind way to define buzz is to call it noise. The noise comes from fans, alumni, the media ... even the Sycamores themselves at times. Some of the noise sings ISU’s praises, some raises doubt, but either way the way noise is ever-present.
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