Sycamore’s Open Valley Play by Hosting Undefeated Drake Wednesday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Sycamores will look perfectly at home Wednesday night when they open up the action in the Missouri Valley by hosting the undefeated Drake Bulldogs in a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN3. Under head coach Josh Schertzthe Sycamores are 0-2 against Drake and 0-1 in Valley Openers.

The ISU recorded a 105-68 victory over Trinity Christian College last Sunday. student in the first year Robbie Avila made his first collegiate start in the game and hit his first career double-double with a career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds.

After Thursday’s game, the Sycamores will embark on a four-game road stint that will include trips to Miami, Ohio, southern Illinois, southern Indiana and Duquesne.

Xaiver Bledson was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament for helping the Sycamores to a 2-1 record for third place in the tournament with victories over East Carolina and Drexel. He led the ISU in the three games with 15.7 points per game off the bench and posted a career-high 22 points against Drexel.

The watchlist for the 2022-23 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award was announced on Tuesday, November 22, and the senior transfer Courvoisier McCauley appeared on the list. The award, presented annually to the top mid-major in Division I college basketball, honors the former Illinois and New Mexico head coach who has won 775 games in 41 seasons.

Drake leads the never-ending 48-47 streak that dates back to 1945. However, the Bulldogs have won their last nine of 10 meetings and their last four in a row.

The ISU’s last win of the series came on January 29, 2020 at home with a 58-56 score on a buzzer beater.

The Sycamores struggled with shooting in the second half as they called off their final fight against Drake (74-58) on the road on February 21, 2022.

ISU shot just 25 percent in the second half after shooting 43 percent from the field and 53 percent from behind the arc in the first half.

Cameron Henry ended the game with 17 points and three rebounds Kailex Stephens scored 16 points and grabbed six boards. Cooper Neese finished on 11 but only shot 3-for-13 from the field. DJ Wilkins led Drake with 17 while Tucker DeVries added 14.

Drake was selected to win the 2022-23 Missouri Valley Conference and received 52 of 54 first-place votes in the MVC Preseason Poll.

As of Monday, November 28, Drake is one of just 20 remaining undefeated teams in NCAA DI college basketball.

The Bulldogs earned a 76-64 win over the previously undefeated Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday night. Tucker DeVries and DJ Wilkins each had 21 points in the win and Darnell Brodie had season bests with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Drake won the Paradise Jam with victories over Buffalo, Wyoming and Tarleton State.

Tucker DeVries leads the Bulldogs with 21.7 points per game, and he’s averaging 6.0 boards per game behind Darnell Brodie’s 7.5 rebounds per game.


True newbie Robbie Avila made his first college start Sunday afternoon and recorded his first career double-double to help the Sycamores to a 105-68 win over the visiting Trinity Trolls at Hulman Center.

Avila posted a career-high and tied team-high 16 points, and a career-high and game-high 11 rebounds. Kailex Stephens also picked up 16 points with a perfect 5-of-5 shooting clip from the field alongside a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity flick. Stephens was only two boards away from his own double-double.

Four other plane trees scored in double figures Xavier Bledson (14), Trenton Gibson (13), Julian Larry (13) and Cooper Neese (10).

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