TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A bucket by Jake LaRavia with just over one minute to play broke a late tie and helped lift Indiana State to a 60-57 victory over Bradley Sunday evening in Hulman Center. The win marked the fifth in a row for the Sycamores.
ISU appeared to have BU on the ropes, leading by 10 points with 14 minutes to play. But the Braves battled back and took a one-point, 57-56 lead with 2:37 to go. The Sycamores defense locked up after that bucket, holding Bradley scoreless the rest of the way.
LaRavia and Tyreke Key led Indiana State in scoring on the night, each dropping in 12 points. No other Sycamores finished in double-figures, but ISU saw contributions from throughout the lineup. Cooper Neese and Cobie Barnes each scored nine points, while Cam Bacote added six points and two assists off the bench. LaRavia fell one rebounds short of a double-double, hauling down nine on the night, and also swiped a career-best four steals.
Indiana State shot 20-of-51 from the floor for the game and won the rebounding battle by nine, 39-30. Though Bradley shot 24-of-53 for the game, the Sycamores held them to just 3-of-16 from the three-point line, while shooting 7-of-20 themselves. ISU added 15 assists on 20 made shots, marking its fifth consecutive game with 10-or-more assists.
Bradley had three players in double figures, with Ville Tahvanainen leading all scorers with 17.
The contest following Bradley will be Evansville. The Missouri Valley Conference has announced a rescheduling date for the Indiana State and Evansville postponement from Jan. 20. The Sycamores and Purple Aces will play its rescheduled contest on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind., at 5 p.m.
The game previously scheduled for Feb. 17 in Evansville has been moved to Sunday, Feb. 14 and will begin at 4 p.m. EST.
The date shifts for the Evansville-Indiana State/Southern Illinois-Valparaiso games represent the 30th and 31st changes to the league schedule since Christmas. Through Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Valley has played 38 of its 90 scheduled league games, and all previous postponements have been rescheduled. Schedule updates throughout the season will be posted on mvc-sports.com.