Former Hawkeye Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament

By mitchsmith

Iowa transfer Jake Kelly is heading to the NCAA Tournament.

The former Hawkeye, who now plays for Indiana State, helped the Sycamores punch their ticket to March Madness for just the fourth time in school history and first time since 2001.

Kelly scored five points in Indiana State’s 60-56 upset win over Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship Sunday. The senior hit a pair of free throws late in the game to clinch the victory.

The Carmel, Ind., native spent two seasons with the Hawkeyes, averaging 9.5 points per game for the Black and Gold. He elected to transfer from Iowa after his sophomore season to be closer to home — Kelly’s mother tragically died in a plane crash in June 2008.

Since joining the Sycamores, Kelly has been hampered by injuries. He tore his ACL only 12 games into the 2009 season. Despite battling injuries and mono, the former Hawkeye has appeared in 20 games this season, averaging just over 8.5 points per game.

Also joining Kelly at the NCAA Tournament is Sycamore teammate Jordan Printy, the brother of Iowa women’s basketball player Jaime Printy.

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