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McCauley loses 30 points as sycamores roll past Redhawks

Oxford, Ohio — The Indiana State Sycamores took care of business on the road Saturday afternoon, using a strong offense in the first half to roll past the Miami Redhawks 88-61. Courvoisier McCauley With 30 points in the top flight, the Sycamores (8-1, 1-0 MVC) helped win their fourth straight game.

Indiana State shot in the first half and went 19-to-32 from the field, including 11-to-19 from three. McCauley hit back-to-back trebles in an early 8-0 run that gave ISU an 8-2 lead, and he was already in double figures by 14:05 with another treble that took the lead to 18-6.

Miami (3-5, 0-0 MAC) reduced their deficit back to single digits at 29-20 with a 7:45 in the first half, but then the Sycamores went on an 18-0 run in which they shot 4- of-4 past the arc to go 53-24 into the opening frame at 1:44. Indiana State led 58-28 at halftime, and McCauley nearly outscored the Redhawks as a team with his 24 first-half points.

The Sycamores started the second half much weaker, but a Zach Hobbs Triple topped a 9-0 run that gave ISU their biggest lead of the game, 69-32, with 13:24 to go. Masen Miller would finish the game goal for the Sycamores with a three at 4:03 and another with 43 seconds left in the game.

In the numbers

  • ISU finished with a 49.2 percent shooting clip from field, including 47.1 percent from three, while Miami was held to 33.9 percent from field and 3 from 19 (15.8 percent) from three. Eight different Sycamores hit a 3-pointer in the game led by McCauley with six.
  • The Sycamores shared 24 assists across 30 buckets in the game, and 10 different Sycamores recorded an assist, led by Trenton Gibson with a career-high Division I of eight.
  • Robbie Avila was one rebound away from another double-double with nine boards and 13 points. Cameron Henry and Kailex Stephens also scored in double digits with 10 points each.
  • The ISU overtook Miami 39-32, led by Avila’s nine and McCauley’s seven.
  • The Sycamores committed 13 turnovers and conceded just seven points from those turnovers while converting 16 Miami turnovers to 13 points.

Messages & Notes

  • At 8-1, the Sycamores continued their best start to the season since 2005-06, when the team also started 8-1.
  • The Sycamores improve to 6-3 over Miami Ohio with their first win at Millett Hall.
  • Saturday was Courvoisier McCauley’s second 30-point performance that season and tied his career-high in Division I.
  • The ISU’s 16 3-pointers is the most in a single game since scoring 17 against Indiana in the team’s season opener in 2017.
  • ISU is the only Valley team never to be behind by 10 points or more this season. The Sycamores trailed Kansas City by a season-best eight points in what turned out to be their only loss so far this year.
  • The Sycamores have led every game at halftime this season, with today’s halftime lead of 30 points a season-high.
  • The ISU’s 24 assists today is the most in a single game for the ISU since 25 against Evansville in an 86-60 win on January 4, 2003.

Next

The Sycamores return to Valley Play and continue their road stint with a trip to southern Illinois on Wednesday, December 7th. Tipp-off is scheduled for 8pm ET in Carbondale.

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