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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana State implemented Greg Lansing’s game plan almost perfectly Wednesday night.
They kept No. 4 Wichita State off the glass. They held Ron Baker in check and buckled down defensively. They committed nine turnovers against the Missouri Valley Conference’s top defense, and with 2:01 left in the game, they were within two points of the unbeaten Shockers.
Yet they still couldn’t beat their old nemesis.
Wichita State didn’t allow a basket over the final 2 minutes and finished the game on a 7-2 run to hold off Indiana State 65-58.
“They made the plays, they made their free throws,” Lansing said. “We did everything we could on the defensive end, we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”
Nothing fell for the Sycamores (17-6, 8-3 Missouri Valley Conference).
They were 6 of 30 (20 percent) from the field and 2 of 15 on 3-pointers (13.3 percent) in the second half, and over the final 4 minutes they were just 4 of 8 from the free throw line.
It was just enough to prevent Jake Odum from picking up his fifth career win over a ranked opponent - a number that would have moved him past Larry Bird, who had four wins over ranked foes.
Manny Arop had 16 points, while Odum and Kristian Smith added 11 each for Indiana State.
“You can’t shoot 20 percent from the field and 13 percent from the 3-point line and beat them,” Lansing said.
For Wichita State, it was all by design.
When coach Gregg Marshall looked at the scoreboard with 85 seconds left and saw the 58-56 score, he challenged his players to defend and rebound. They did.
“At one point, Coach said, ‘If they don’t score again, we win,’” Baker said. “So our focus was on rebounding and defense the rest of the way.”
That’s always been a priority for Marshall and it’s a big reason the Shockers (24-0, 11-0 Missouri Valley) extended their school record winning streak, are 11-0 in conference play for the first time in school history and are the first Missouri Valley Conference team to open a season with 24 consecutive wins since Indiana State and Bird went 33-0 in 1978-79.
There’s another reason these Shockers and No. 2 Syracuse (22-0) are the only unbeaten teams in major college basketball.
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