The Northern Iowa Panthers failed to play smart basketball at the end of the game and it ended up costing them the game against Indiana State Sycamores. This game had some conference implications for each team and their standings in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Panthers were able to jump out to a quick start on the Sycamores. The Panthers defense held the Sycamores to two points through the first five minutes of the game. Each team was struggling from the field as expected, because both teams play great team defense. This game was close throughout the entire ball game with the Panthers biggest lead being seven.
The Sycamores were never able to get up by more than three. The game came down to the last couple of seconds when 5th year senior Anthony James was able to hit a leaner over a couple of big guys to put the Panthers up by one. Sycamores were then able to come down quick and that’s where another 5th year senior for the Panthers Jake Koch fouled Jake Odum on a three point attempt.
There were some events that led to him being put into that position like James not keeping Odum in front of him, but nevertheless he should be smart enough to just put his arms straight up. Odum then went on to miss the first of three but knock down the next two to push his team past the Panthers.
The Sycamores are now 6-3 in conference and 13-7 overall. The Panthers drop to 4-5 in conference and 11-10 overall.
Jake Odum: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
RJ Mahurin: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Jake Koch: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Anthony James: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists