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TERRE HAUTE -- Indiana State dug deep and fought hard defensively to earn a 50-35 home court victory over Louisiana-Monroe in front of 5,167 fans inside Hulman Center.
The Sycamores improved to 9-2 on the season, their best start since the 1979-80 campaign. ISU is now 15-3 at home under second-year head coach Greg Lansing and have won five consecutive games at Hulman Center dating back to last year. Louisiana-Monroe dropped to 1-12 on the year with the loss.
The 35 points allowed by the Sycamore defense is the fewest an ISU team has allowed since the shot clock was adopted prior to the 1985-86 campaign. The previous best defensive showing came as part of a 38-37 defeat at the hands of Long Beach State on Dec. 23, 2004 as part of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, the Sycamores improved to a perfect 22-0 under Lansing (7-0 this season) when holding teams under 63 points, including a 10-0 mark when limiting teams to 53 points or less.
Offensively, the Sycamores were led in scoring by 12 points each from seniors Carl Richard and Jordan Printy. Richard had eight rebounds to go with his 12 points while Printy drained four 3-pointers on the night. Sophomore Jake Odum, who entered the game as the Missouri Valley Conference's leader in assists, tallied eight on the night, including six in the opening half.
The Sycamores never trailed in the contest, jumping out to 3-0 lead with 17:35 left in the first half on the first trey of the night from Printy. ISU ran its lead out to 8-2 with 15:31 remaining before the break on another triple by Printy and a long jumper by sophomore Steve McWhorter.
ISU was held without a field goal again until the 9:43 mark when Richard hit a jumper in the paint to break an 8-8 tie. Printy hit his third 3-pointer of the first half with 8:09 showing to give the Sycamores a 13-10 lead. After the Warhawks made it 13-12 at the 5:43 mark, the Sycamores got a lay-up from Myles Walker on two of the next three trips down the floor for a 17-12 lead. ISU lead grew to 21-12 with 1:24 left when Dwayne Lathan and Richard hit jumpers as part of a slow 8-0 run that took up over four minutes of the game clock.
Neither team was able to score until the 16:52 mark of the second half when Printy made a steal and found McWhorter open on a fastbreak for a lay-up to pusht he Sycamores ahead 24-15. After Hugh Mingo drove in for a lay-up to answer, RJ Mahurin drained a 3-pointer with 16:06 on the clock to stretch the cushion out to 27-17.
Richard hit a jumper in the paint with 13:29 left in the game to make it 29-17, and ISU was held without a field goal again until the 9:50 mark on Printy's fourth trifecta for a 34-20 advantage. The Sycamores next field goal in the slugfest came at the 5:29 mark after the Sycamores had scored a total of six points on free throws for a 42-22 lead, which was the largest advantage of the game for Indiana State.
Lucas Eitel's running lay-up with 51 seconds left made it 50-33 in favor of the sycamores and C. Bibi Ndongo scored on a putback at the 37 second mark for the final score of 50-35.
The Sycamores shot 37 percent (17-of-46) for the game and were able to hit five 3-pointers. The defensive limited ULM to just 31.1 percent shooting (14-of-45), and only a trio of 3-pointers. ISU was 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) from the free throw line in the contest.
ISU held a 35-29 lead in rebounding and converted 12 ULM turnovers into 14 points.
Louisiana-Monroe was led in scoring by Steven McCellan who had eight points.
Indiana State returns to action following the Holiday Break when they open up Missouri Valley Conference play at Drake on Wednesday, December 28. Tip-off from the Drake Knapp Center is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET).