MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The last time a team from Indiana State University made this much noise in college basketball, a player by the name of Larry Bird was stroking shots from all over the court. But, Christmas Day, the Sycamores took down the Miami Hurricanes in Honolulu, Hawaii in the Diamond Head Classic, 57-55.
Indiana State’s Jake Odum banked in a 15-foot shot with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to seal the victory for the Sycamores, who improved their record to 6-4 on the season.
UM was playing without big man Reggie Johnson and it showed. Miami only outrebounded Indiana State by one in the game, but the Hurricanes’ biggest struggle was from behind the 3-point line.
The Canes shot 0-15 from 3-point range against the Sycamores and shot just 8-15 (53 percent) from the free throw line in the second half against Indiana State. The Sycamores shot 17-18 from the free throw line for the game and 6-25 from behind the 3-point line against UM.
For UM, it’s a tough loss because some pundits had penciled in the Hurricanes as possibly the second best team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, far behind the Duke Blue Devils. Overall, Miami has an 8-3 record this season, but has bad losses to Indiana State and Florida Gulf Coast University on its resume.
The Hurricanes need a win against LaSalle next Wednesday to regain some momentum heading into ACC Conference play starting January 5 against Georgia Tech. The Duke Blue Devils will make their way to Coral Gables on Wednesday, January 23rd to play the Canes.