PEORIA, ILL. —
Indiana State was playing to maintain control of its destiny in the fight for Missouri Valley Conference supremacy on Saturday at Bradley.
The wounded Braves were trying to fight their way out of Thursday night at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal, but the Sycamores were just as hazardous to themselves.
Bradley took advantage of ISU’s 21 turnovers — 12 chalked up in the second half — and a sub-standard defensive effort by the Sycamores. Bradley pulled away for an 80-68 victory at Carver Arena.
ISU was in a position to control its own destiny for the Missouri Valley Conference lead, but that opportunity has been squandered. ISU (16-10, 9-6) fell a game-and-a-half behind first-place Wichita State, pending the Shockers’ game at Illinois State tonight.
ISU also fell a game behind Creighton as the Bluejays rallied to beat Evansville on Saturday.
Bradley (15-12, 7-8) scored 28 points off ISU turnovers. The Braves also shot 60 percent in the second half on their way to 52.6 percent overall.
ISU shot 45.3 percent, which included a career effort from Dawon Cummings, who scored 19 on 7 of 8 shooting. But it was not nearly enough to overcome the many self-inflicted wounds the Sycamores brought down upon themselves.
“We turned it over too much; we gave them easy baskets in transition. We gave them 28 points off turnovers and 44 in the paint. You can’t win like that on the road. You can’t win like that anywhere,” ISU forward Manny Arop said.
The 21 turnovers were especially galling for ISU coach Greg Lansing, considering that avoidance of giveaways was an emphasis going into a contest in which the Sycamores faced the 11th-best team in the nation in steals.
“They’re the best in the league at creating turnovers and turning them into baskets. … Our emphasis going into the game was taking care of the ball, sharing it, giving it up, not over-dribbling. We didn’t do that and they took advantage,” Lansing said.
Bradley was also not playing at full strength. Up until tipoff, it was not known whether Bradley swingman Dyrics Simms-Edwards — the Braves’ leading scorer and the nation’s sixth-best in steals — would play. Just before halftime, Bradley’s other forward — Tyshon Pickett — crumpled to the hardwood after he bruised his knee cap.
Simms-Edwards played through 28 minutes of pain and had 13 points, four assists and four steals. Pickett soldiered on in the second half and ultimately had 17 points and seven rebounds.
“We have tough kids. We really do. We want to be known for being winners. When you can suck it up and play when it’s not going your way and you’re not physically at your best, it says a lot,” Bradley coach Geno Ford said.
ISU led 38-35 at halftime, but Bradley took advantage of slack defending by the Sycamores and used a 15-4 run to take a 50-44 lead. Bradley scored on eight of its first 10 second-half possessions.
Bradley would never relinquish the advantage, but the Sycamores stayed close. When Arop made a reverse layup off a tipped rebound by R.J. Mahurin and pass by Jake Kitchell to cut Bradley’s lead to 58-56, the game was there for ISU’s taking with 8:13 to go.
But then the game veered south for the Sycamores.
ISU had two chances to tie the game and both ended ominously in turnovers. Bradley’s Ka’Darryl Bell converted a layup at 6:55 to give the Braves some breathing room at 60-56.
Mahurin then stepped on the baseline while trying to inbound the ball. It would be the first of three unforced ISU turnovers in the span of three minutes in which a Sycamore stepped on the baseline or the sideline.
Bradley pounced. Bell drained a 3-pointer, Simms-Edwards converted a layup and Pickett hit a short jumper to cap a 9-0 Bradley run to put the Braves up 67-56.
The ignominy was complete when Jake Odum rolled the ball down the floor in an effort to preserve time on the game clock. Bell caught Odum looking down the floor and dove for an unlikely steal.
ISU cut the deficit to six briefly in the final minute, but had no comeback in them.
“They got a lot of transition layups and they killed us inside. They threw it to the guys in the post and those guys finished. When they didn’t, they got to the free-throw line. We had two guys go to the free-throw line, so that tells you a little about our aggressiveness,” Lansing said.
ISU put the ball in the basket in the first half — the Sycamores shot 58.3 percent — but the Sycamores’ defensive woes and generosity with the ball were in evidence from the start.
The Sycamores were also 5 of 7 from 3-point range, but the halftime lead was only 38-35 as ISU’s nine first-half turnovers stung.
Simms-Edwards’ presence gave the Braves enough of a lift to take a 21-15 lead at the 11:40 mark.
ISU ramped up the defense and an 8-0 run erased Bradley’s lead and gave ISU a 26-23 advantage. After Bradley tied it, a 10-3 run put the Sycamores up 36-29 with 2:36 left.
Bradley finished the half on a 6-2 run to make its halftime deficit manageable.
“We knew we had to clamp down on defense in the second half, but we didn’t. We were even worse,” Lansing said.
ISU next plays host to Wichita State on Tuesday.
INDIANA STATE (68) — Arop 4-13 0-0 9, Mahurin 6-11 0-0 14, Gant 1-4 0-0 2, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Odum 2-5 10-10 14, Kitchell 2-3 0-0 4, Eitel 1-6 0-0 3, Cummings 7-8 0-0 19, K. Smith 1-3 1-2 3. 24-53 FG, 11-12 FT, 68 TP.
BRADLEY (80) — Eastman 1-1 2-2 5, Pickett 6-10 4-6 17, Egolf 6-13 0-1 12, Crawford 0-4 0-0 0, Lemon 6-11 4-4 17, Bell 3-4 3-3 10, Shayok 0-0 0-0 0, Simms-Edwards 5-10 2-3 13, Prosser 3-4 0-2 6. 30-57 FG, 15-21 FT, 80 TP.
Halftime score — ISU 38-35. 3-point goals — ISU 9-25 (Cummings 5-6, Mahurin 2-6, Arop 1-6, Eitel 1-6, Gant 0-1), BU 5-16 (Simms-Edwards 1-3, Lemon 1-2, Bell 1-2, Eastman 1-1, Pickett 1-1, Egolf 0-4, Crawford 0-3). Rebounds — ISU 29 (Mahurin 6, Arip 5, Gant 4, Eitel 4, Kitchell 3, Brown 2, Odum 2, Eitel 2, Team), BU 32 (Egolf 9, Pickett 7, Lemon 4, Eastman 3, Bell 2, Simms-Edwards 2, Prosser 2, Team 2, Crawford), Assists — ISU 14 (Odum 6, Arop 2, Brown 2, Mahurin, Kitchell, Eitel, Cummings), BU 17 (Egolf 4, Simms-Edwards 4, Lemon 3, Pickett 2, Crawford 2, Bell), Steals — ISU 7 (Cummings 3, Odum, Kitchell, Eitel, K. Smith), BU 11 (Bell 4, Simms-Edwards 4, Crawford 2, Lemon), Blocks — ISU 2 (Mahurin, K. Smith), BU 1 (Egolf), Turnovers — ISU 21 (Odum 6, Arop 4, Cummings 4, Mahurin 2, Brown 2, Eitel 2, Gant), BU 15 (Simms-Edwards 4, Eastman 3, Pickett 2, Lemon 2, Bell 2, Egolf, Team), Total fouls — ISU 18, BU 13. A — 8,443.
Next — ISU (16-10, 9-6) plays host to Wichita State on Tuesday. Bradley (15-12, 7-8) plays at Drake on Wednesday.
Sycamores suffer costly loss in Missouri Valley race
PEORIA, ILL. —
Indiana State was playing to maintain control of its destiny in the fight for Missouri Valley Conference supremacy on Saturday at Bradley.
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Robby Ort celebrated his Indiana State baseball Senior Day on Saturday by becoming the Sycamores’ all-time leader in RBIs as ISU ended its regular season with a 16-7 win over Bradley at Bob Warn Field.
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ISU couldn’t do it.
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Indiana State’s baseball team rode a wild ride of emotion on Thursday.
First came the public announcement that Bob Warn Field would host the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Later, Sean Manaea’s availability to pitch ISU’s series opener against Bradley was in doubt.
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ISU baseball team builds on success with 14-2 rout
Indiana State’s baseball victory over Alcorn State on Friday would take on more meaning Saturday if the Sycamores could build momentum and pick up on the good work they did in Friday’s ninth-inning rally.
The Sycamores were aggressive from the opening inning at the plate and starting pitcher Devin Moore gave them eight valuable and effective innings on the mound as ISU defeated Alcorn State 14-2 at Bob Warn Field.
“It was a really good experience for everybody. It felt great to finally come out here and put some things together. It’s also really nice when your offense puts a lot of runs on the board,” Moore said.
Moore’s eight innings of work were as valuable as gold to an ISU team that is short on quality arms due to injury and ineffectiveness. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and one of the two runs he conceded was unearned.
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ISU earns badly-needed win
Alcorn State’s baseball team might be ranked in the bottom 10 in RPI and Indiana State might have never lost to a Southwestern Athletic Conference team. So it wouldn’t appear that a quality win was in the offing when Alcorn State visited Bob Warn Field on Friday.
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Pole vault is track and field for the adrenaline junkie, Indiana State senior Nicole Hope proclaimed during a recent practice at Marks Field.
To catapult oneself about 14 feet into the air with a large $500 fiberglass pole on a daily basis is a risky endeavor.
“We have to be fearless. You can’t be afraid at all,” said Hope, who has also catapulted herself into the NCAA’s elite in the event, ranking 15th in the NCAA with her leap of 13-feet, 9 1/4.
Sycamores searching for answers after seventh loss in eight games
These are the bad times for the Indiana State baseball team.
The will is there for the Sycamores to pull out of their worst slump of the season, but the results are not. The suffering continued on Wednesday at Bob Warn Field as Eastern Illinois defeated ISU 5-3.
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Mother Nature has been the bane of the Indiana State baseball team’s existence all season. Eight games wiped due to weather are a testament to that. So it was no surprise, though no less disappointing, when she didn’t deal Indiana State pitcher Sean Manaea the greatest hand on Saturday as he tries to recover from a hip injury.
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Indiana State’s men’s basketball team is looking for a few good games.
Home games that is.
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At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, reporting game results to the Tribune-Star after a win or a loss is not always a high priority.
So when one of its athletes enjoys an outstanding season, like senior Kelsey Rosselli is doing for the Pomeroys’ softball team in 2013, media publicity doesn’t always follow.
In fact, her efforts almost seem like a government secret.
Rosselli’s name might sound familiar to longtime Terre Haute softball followers because she was a standout for North High School, from where she graduated in 2009.
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ISU baseball gets back into rhythm with victory
Baseball is a rhythm game. With contests every day or five times a week in the case of many college programs, you have the chance to build on success or wallow in a slump.
Mother Nature took that rhythm away from Indiana State’s team last week. After a 7-1 loss to Indiana on April 24, ISU was supposed to play a three-game series at Tennessee-Martin, but it was wiped out by rain.
So the rhythm was disturbed, but perhaps that wasn’t a bad thing.
ISU was in a five-game losing streak before its unintended vacation and the Sycamores made a move in the right direction Wednesday with a 7-0 win over DePauw at Bob Warn Field.
“It was a disappointing weekend. We went all the way down to Tennessee and didn’t get to play. We sat around in the hotel room. We came here and it was still raining. It was nice to get out and see some live pitching,” ISU center fielder Landon Curry said.
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The Indiana State University athletic community, along with family, friends and fans, paused Tuesday night to honor the spring sports teams at the Terre Haute Savings Bank Spring Sports Banquet.
Most of the ISU teams are still in competition with the baseball team having 13 games left of its regular-season schedule before beginning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament May 21, the softball team with just three games left of the docket this coming weekend against Southern Illinois and the track and field program with just one more meet before beginning its postseason events.
The ISU women’s golf team is the team that has ended at this time, with the group recording a sixth-place finish at the MVC championships one week ago.
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Indiana State aspired to upset Illinois State to get at least a doubleheader split in Missouri Valley Conference softball Thursday at Price Field as the Sycamores opened an eight-game season-ending homestand.
Paige Schreiner hit a two-run blast over the left-field fence in the fifth inning and junior Shelby Wilson delivered a sizzling RBI triple down the right-field line in the sixth as ISU ended the day playing well against the league’s highest-scoring offense.
The result was still a 5-3 loss to the Redbirds (26-18, 11-6 Missouri Valley Conference) as freshman Halle Humphrey gave up four runs in the first two innings. Humphrey, called upon to pitch the opener as well — she’s the only full-time pitcher remaining on the team — gave up six runs and eight hits as the Sycamores dropped a 6-1 game to start the day.
Sycamores fall: Slumping ISU drops 8-1 decision to No. 19-ranked IU
The margin in baseball between success and failure is so tight.
Indiana State learned that lesson the hard way against No. 19-ranked Indiana on Wednesday.
For most of the contest, ISU matched IU hit-for-hit, but couldn’t match the Hoosiers run-for-run as IU took maximum advantage of its baserunners to post an 8-1 victory at IU’s new Bart Kaufman Field.
IU — winners of four in a row and owners of a 19-game win streak earlier this season — proved its quality by putting the foot on the gas in the last three innings of the contest. The Hoosiers scored five of their runs in that period.
But up until that point, the game was in either team’s hands, but the Hoosiers took it with better situational hitting. IU’s first baserunners in three separate innings came around to score; two of them did so with two outs on the board.
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