Late free throws push Sycamores past UNI

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State’s Jake Odum made two free throws with three tenths of a second remaining to push the Sycamores past Northern Iowa for a 59-58 victory Saturday in Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball play in the Hulman Center.

The junior guard Odum was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer by UNI’s Jake Koch, and Odum made two of his three attempts.

It came just 3 seconds after Anthony James appeared to put the Panthers on top for good with his jumpshot from the right baseline.

Odum finished with team-highs of 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but his chance to put the Sycamores (13-7, 6-3) ahead at the end needed an official review.

“There was a foul called in the act of shooting. We were going to the monitor to check two things: First of all, whether it was a three, and whether time had expired or what the time was left,” lead official Daniel Chrisman told a pool reporter. “We determined that it was a three and there was :00.3 left on the clock, which is how it ended.”

The Panthers (11-10, 4-5) were up 39-32 with 10:57 left in the second half but Indiana State slowly cut into the deficit before taking the lead on Manny Arop’s jumper with 4:35 to go.

James got UNI to within 57-56 with a pair of free throws with 51 seconds showing, and a turnover gave the ball back to the Panthers with 18 seconds left. James came up with the go-ahead basket, but Indiana State found a way back on top.

Behind Odum, RJ Mahurin had 14 points and Arop finished with 10.

James led UNI with 15 points, Jake Koch made a career-best four 3-pointers for 13 points, Seth Tuttle added 12 and Deon Mitchell had 10.

The Panthers remain on the road for Tuesday’s game against Evansville.