Taking care of the ball and rebounding were the keys for Indiana State against Wichita State on Tuesday night. Going into the game the Shockers were rolling on all cylinders and had an inside track on the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship. In came the Sycamores, who had upset on their minds.
That is exactly what happened; the Sycamores were able to win 68-55.
The Shockers were able to come out fast opening up with two straight threes, but that was about it for positive things in this game. The Sycamores were able to get past the early deficit and gain the lead in which they held for most of the game. They held an eleven point lead going into halftime. They were able to weather the storm in the second half by taking care of the ball and forcing tough shots.
There were many factors that led to this big conference victory for Indiana State. I feel the biggest was their offense. Possession after possession, they were able to get the shot clock down to the single digits. They really forced the Shockers to play defense for the entire shot clock. Which in return hurt the Shockers on offense.
The Sycamore were held to almost 20 points under their season total. Every time on the offensive end the Sycamores were able to run their offense to deep into the shot clock, they were able to penetrate the lane and find the open guy. They looked really good on both ends of the court, but I believe they were able to win this game because they were able to tire Wichita State out.
It was a big-time victory for Indiana State, who are looking to build on their tournament resume.