Another struggle in the second half results in Sycamores’ third loss in a row

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Second-half troubles continued for the Indiana State Sycamores Wednesday night as they led by five at halftime before surpassing them by 16 points in the second half en route to their third straight game and Bradley at the Hulman Center with 78: 67 underlays.

Indiana State (13-7, 6-3 MVC) held Bradley (13-7, 6-3 MVC) 7:22 to a field goal in the first half while he was on a 16-2 run during that span and led Braves by 10 points with just under four minutes left in the opening frame. After the Sycamores led 39-34 at halftime, the Braves capitalized on a 12-0 run in the second half to beat the ISU 44-28 in that period.

Courvoisier McCauley led the Sycamores with 12 points and eight rebounds and Cameron Henry He accumulated 11 points and seven rebounds and dished out a career-high nine assists. Each of them would receive a technical foul in the game, with Henry coming on at 0:25 of the first half, followed by McCauley at 14:39 of the second half.

The Sycamores took a 5-0 lead in the first minute of play, but Bradley responded with back-to-back threes and the ISU trailed 13-8 as both teams went cold. Cade McKnight broke the field-goal drought for the Sycamores with a layup at 1:21, but Bradley’s goal drought continued as the Sycamores went on an 8-0 run with six points from McKnight in that span. ISU led 16-13 when Bradley ended his goal drought with 10-44 left in the first half.

Indiana State put on another 8-0 run that included a steal and dunk by Henry, and Henry later took advantage of a Bradley turnover by driving to the layup and pulling a foul in the process. He completed the and-one to put the Sycamores up 10 at 36-26 with 3:57 left. Jayson Kent knocked down a three-pointer at 2:41 to put the Sycamores 39:30 ahead, and Bradley finished the half with four free throws to go 39:34 at halftime.

Bradley got back a few quick buckets in the second half to reduce the deficit to a point, and then Indiana State went on a 9-2 run to take a 48-40 lead at 15:15. After that, a Sycamore tech sparked a 12-0 run from Bradley, which the Braves capitalized on to take a 52-48 lead at 12:15. A three point and one off Kailex Stephens would put the Sycamores to a point ahead of Bradley by 9:56, but that’s close enough that Indiana State would reclaim the lead the rest of the way.

In the numbers

  • The Sycamores were just 1 of 10 on their first 10 3-point attempts. They finished Night 4 of 20 beyond the arc, marking the fewest number of 3-pointers scored in a game all season.
  • Indiana State shot 37.9 percent from field while Bradley shot 46.7 percent.
  • ISU knocked down 33 boards compared to Bradley’s 41.
  • The Sycamores were 19 of 24 out of the charity strip while Bradley was 17 of 23 on the line.
  • Tonight was the second game in a row that the Sycamores committed fewer turnovers than their opponent. They committed 11 while Bradley committed 12.

Messages & Notes

  • Today’s 11-point loss is Indiana State’s biggest loss this season.
  • For the first time all season, Indiana State is a full game outside of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference rankings.
  • Kailex Stephens made their first appearance since Jan. 4 at Illinois State, finishing with three points in just under eight minutes.
  • Jayson Kent met his former team for the first time tonight when he joined ISU after two seasons at Bradley. He was one of three Sycamores in double figures with 11 points alongside four rebounds, an assist and a block.
  • Cameron Henrys Nine assists tonight surpassed his previous career high of eight.
  • The Sycamores have given up a double-digit lead six times this season. They rallied and won two of those games but dropped the last four games where they gambled away a double-digit lead. Tonight was the second time it’s happened against a Valley opponent, both at home after giving up a double-digit lead to lose to Southern Illinois on Jan. 11.
  • Indiana State has been topped 11 times in the second half this season, with nine of those events occurring after the halftime lead. The Sycamores have lost three games this season, leading at halftime and being surpassed in the second.
  • Today’s loss marks the ISU’s second three-game slip of the year. After their first losing streak in three games earlier this season, the Sycamores bounced back and won their next four straight games.


The Sycamores are poised for back-to-back nationally televised road games, beginning with a trip to Murray State on Saturday, Jan. 21 for a tip at 6 p.m. ET on ESPNU. After that, the state of Indiana travels to Drake on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for a tip at 9 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

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