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Balanced effort leads Sycamores past University of Indianapolis

Sunday, November 8, 2009

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Indiana State's Dwayne Lathan blocks a shot against Rose-Hulman in the exhibition opener last week. Lathan had a game-high 16 points against Indianapolis.
ISU Press Release

TERRE HAUTE -- Just as it did in its first exhibition game of the season, the Indiana State men's basketball team saw four players reach double figures in a 82-67 win over the visiting University of Indianapolis Greyhounds in front of 3,261 fans at the Hulman Center Saturday afternoon.

"I thought overall our intensity was fairly good. I thought we got out-fought inside a few times for offensive rebounds," Sycamore's coach Kevin McKenna said. "We tried to make some plays that really weren't there on a few occasions and got into some trouble with some turnovers. But overall, the intensity was decent. We made our free throws and made some plays for each other, but we just have to do a better job of understand what we're trying to do and where we're trying to go with the ball and not force the issue. If we do that and play a little more physically inside, I think we can be a good team. But giving up 18 offensive rebounds and having 20 turnovers shows we still have work to do."

Sophomore guard Dwayne Lathan led all scoring with 16 points, while senior guard Harry Marshall tallied 14 points in his first game action of the season. Also reaching double figures were junior guard Aaron Carter with 13 points -- including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc -- and junior guard Jake Kelly with 11.

"I think we're fitting in well," Kelly said of fitting into the ISU system. "I like playing with Dwayne (Lathan); I think we complement each other pretty well. We're both pretty athletic guards and can play multiple positions. I don't know any of the plays right now, but I'm just trying to get us in the offense and do the best I can. When things break down, it's nice to have a guy like Dwayne who I can kick out to."

The Sycamores stood tall again on the defensive end of the court, recording 12 blocks, paced by six from senior center Josh Crawford. Junior Isiah Martin and Kelly both recorded a pair of blocks with freshmen Koang Doluony and RJ Mahurin each tallying one. Indiana State's defense forced Indianapolis to shot just 32.3 percent from the field on 20-62 shooting.

In the first half, Marshall led the way with 10 points, aided by his four made shots at the charity stripe. The senior also put up four points in the final minute of the half to give the Sycamores a 10-point lead over Indianapolis, 38-28, going into the locker room. In addition, Kelly chipped in nine points, including a 3-pointer in the opening minutes and four free throws.

After halftime, Lathan ignited fans with his second dunk of the game at 18:59. ISU then took over in the second stanza, taking its lead as far as 21 points over Indy off a pair of treys from Carter and another by Marshall.

"I think with sitting out last year, I've been here a year, so that's one thing I can say - I know the plays," Lathan said. "I know some things that Jake doesn't know, but he still does his job. It just makes it easier on everybody to have a point guard like him. There aren't many guards in our league who can do what he does. Like he said, we just complement each other."

In the final minute of the game, Mahurin put up a block, while freshman guard Lucas Eitel contributed a layup coming off the bench to give Indiana State an 82-67 win.

The Sycamores continued their hot-shooting to start the season, finishing the game at 54.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from behind the 3-point arc. The Sycamores also shot 88.9 percent at the free throw line, going 24-for-27.

Larry Woods paced the Greyhounds with 14 points. Woods was joined in double figures by DeWann Squires and Ryan Sims at 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Indiana State next plays host to Nebraska-Kearney on Friday, Nov. 13. Tipoff is set for 7:05 (ET) at Hulman Center.