HONOLULU, Hawaii — Indiana State’s men’s basketball team never put its hammer away against Miami in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Tuesday.
The Sycamores kept pounding at the rock. Figuratively, yes. But literally too as ISU’s faced an imposing Hurricanes’ front line.
The rock cracked in the last minute. And it broke in overtime.
Jake Odum converted a leaner in the lane with 0.8 left as ISU defeated Miami 57-55 in overtime to take third place in the Diamond Head Classic.
"Twenty-seven percent shooting? Justin [Gant] going out? Going down 47-40? It's just an unbelievable, gutsy effort by the guys," ISU coach Greg Lansing said. "You can't let poor shooting and bad offense affect your defense. And we didn't. They fought like crazy for every rebound and every loose ball. It was a tremendous effort."
The bounty of ISU's two wins in Hawaii over BCS conference teams is considerable. ISU's RPI vaulted to 50th with victories over Miami (ACC) and Mississippi (SEC). It had been in the 100s prior to the Hawaiian trip.
It was ISU's first win over a current Atlantic Coast Conference team since it beat Virginia Tech in the 1979 NCAA Tournament.
"It's something to feel good about and grow on. It's something to get us ready for conference season because it's going to be tough," Mahurin said.
Manny Arop and R.J. Mahurin led ISU (7-4) with 13 apiece, but Odum’s lean-in shot — converted so many times in clutch situations before by the Terre Haute native — stuck again.
After Miami missed with 30 seconds left, ISU held for the last shot. Odum dribbled at the timeline and waited to make his move on Trey McKinney Jones at the five-second mark.
Odum fooled McKinney Jones with an up-and-under move and leaned in for the dagger shot that banked off the glass and went in.