Sycamores escape Tigers behind Key’s 31 points

The Indiana State Sycamore Men’s Basketball team returned home Wednesday night to face a hot Tennessee State, after knocking off Wright State on the road earlier this month in an OT thriller and hoped to extend a five-game winning streak. 

The Sycamores started the season rough, but snapped a season-opening four-game losing streak on the way to their current five-game ride and rank 4th in the country in 3-point percentage and have also hit at least one 3-pointer in every game for the last 11 years, which is the third longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference. 

With the Tigers winning 5 of their last 6 games and the Sycamores winning their last 5, Wednesday’s matchup measured up to be a good one. 

The First Half was exactly that, with both teams shooting very well- (TSU 51%-ISU 45%) and almost every stat line close, if not even. The Sycamores and Tigers were both unwilling to let their recent successes come to an end but the Tigers’ offensive woes (8 turnovers compared to ISU’s 2) served to be a struggle and the deciding factor heading into halftime- not to mention the Sycamore squad kept their cool a little better as Tennessee State Head Coach Brian Collins getting hit with a Technical Foul just before halftime. 

After trailing by over 14 in the 2nd Half, Tennessee State was able to cut the Sycamore lead down to just 4 points. They did this through tough defense and full court pressing, which Indiana State struggled against down the stretch. 

The Sycamores were led by Junior Guard Tyreke Key, who led the home team with 31 points, 8 rebounds and just 1 foul. Freshman Tre Williams also played a strong role with 12 points, securing the 78-72 win for the Sycamores. 

With Wednesday’s win, Indiana State extends their win streak to 6 and improves to 6-4 overall as they prepare for a December 22 home matchup against Chicago State before MVC Conference play starts on December 30 at home against Southern Illinois. 

-Reggie Edwards

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