February 6, 2023

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Sycamores are ready for their first real away game of the season when they travel to Oxford to take on Miami, Ohio on Saturday, December 3 at 1pm, with their first win at Millett Hall.

Indiana State pulled off a robust win over Drake in their opener game at the Valley last Wednesday, beating the Bulldogs 75-73 at the Hulman Center. After leading 14 in the first half, the Sycamores found themselves falling back by five in the closing minutes of the second half but were able to spark a late 9-0 to regain the lead and defend the win. The ISU gave Drake his first loss of the season and it was the first time the Sycamores had defeated Drake in a Valley opener.

student in the first year Robbie Avila finished Wednesday’s game with a team-high 16 points on 5-of-7 shots from the field and a team-high on eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. In his last three games, Avila averaged 14.3 points, 7.7 boards, and 3.0 assists per game.

Saturday’s game begins with a four-game away game that will also see the Sycamores travel to southern Illinois, southern Indiana and Duquesne.

SERIES HISTORY
Indiana State leads the all-time streak 5-3, dating back to the teams’ first meeting at the US Basketball Olympic Trials on March 7, 1936 in Indianapolis. The Sycamores won that contest 45-27.

Since then, Miami has won three of the last five meetings, but the ISU won the last meeting with a near-humming layup Cooper Neese to win 69-68 on December 4, 2021 at the Hulman Center.

The Sycamores are 0-2 going into Miami and will be looking for their first win at Millett Hall.

LAST GAME AGAINST THE REDHAWKS (FULL SUMMARY)

At the last meeting between ISU and Miami Xavier Bledson found Cooper Neese on a cut to the basket for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to help the Sycamores to a 69-68 win at the Hulman Center.

It was a hard-fought game, with 16 lead changes and nine draws. Miami took their biggest lead at 56-47 and 13:02 to go before the ISU started pounding away, with Neese playing a key role in the comeback with 10 points in the second half.

Seven plane trees saw action Cameron Henry scored a game-high 21 points in the win while also grabbing eight rebounds and five assists. Neese recorded his sixth 20-point performance of his career when he hit four of his 10 3-point attempts. Forward Simon Wilbar joined Henry and Neese in double digits with a 10-point outing. Bledson added seven points, four assists and three rebounds.

Mekhi Lairy led Miami Ohio with 18 points and five rebounds while Dalonte Brown added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

MIAMI AT A GLANCE
The Redhawks were selected to place 11th out of 12 teams in the Mid-American Conference Preseason Poll.

Returning to Miami this season is fifth-year senior Mekhi Lairy, who set Miami’s single-season free throw percentage record a year ago and currently holds the career free throw percentage record. Lairy, who averaged 13.6 ppg in 2021-22, hit his 1,000 a year ago. Career point and is on track to break Miami’s career record this season.

Lairy leads the Redhawks this season with 16.3 points per game and a team-high 4.1 assists per game. Billy Smith is averaging 11.3 points per game with a team high of 3.7 boards per game.

Going 3-4 this season, the Redhawks have won their last two straight games, earning a 95-78 win over Jackson State last Tuesday. The Redhawks opened their season with a 78-74 loss to stalwart Evansville.

LAST TIME-OUT

In front of a packed crowd in a sea of ​​blue at the Hulman Center on Wednesday night, the Indiana State Sycamores battled to a brave win over previously undefeated Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Drake, defeating the Bulldogs 75-73 in their opening game at the Valley.

Indiana State (7-1, 1-0 MVC) led Drake (6-1, 0-1 MVC) 31-15 in the game, but after a 14-point lead at 8-40 in the first half, the Sycamores found down at five with 3:57 to go in the second. Leading scorer Robbie Avila sparked a late 9-0 run for the Sycamores that stretched 2:38 to put the ISU back to a four-point lead 73-69 with 15 seconds to go, and Cameron Henry hit four clutch free throws in those final 15 seconds to help the Sycamores hold off a late Bulldogs push.

Avila finished the night with 16 points on a 5-of-7 shot from the field, along with eight rebounds, three assists and a team-high steal. Henry was 10 of 12 from the charity stripe in the game and finished the game with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Jayson Kent made his first start of the season and scored the first eight straight points for the Sycamores before capping his night with two game-defining free throws in the final 1:35 to put him in double figures. He also pulled down a career-high seven boards.

Courvoisier McCauley also scored in double digits with 12 points from the bench. Kailex Stephens was 2-of-2 from the field with five rebounds and two steals.

BLEDSON CALLED TO THE GCS ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

Xaiver Bledson was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament when he helped the Sycamores to a 2-1 record for third place in the tournament with victories over East Carolina and Drexel. He led the ISU in the three games with 15.7 points per game off the bench and posted a career-high 22 points against Drexel.

ALL EYES ON VOSS

The watchlist for the 2022-23 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award was announced on Tuesday, November 22, and the senior transfer Courvoisier McCauley appeared on the list. The award, presented annually to the top mid-major in Division I college basketball, honors the former Illinois and New Mexico head coach who has won 775 games in 41 seasons.

FOLLOW THE SICAMORS
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