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Indiana State beats No. 15 Wichita State 68-55
INDIANA ST 68, WICHITA ST 55

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- It's not that Indiana State coach Greg
Lansing hates playing a zone defense. He's just certainly not a
big fan.



"It's not something I want to spend even 5 minutes on in
practice," Lansing said.



But the Sycamores did spend time on it this week, and the result
was a 68-55 upset of No. 15 Wichita State on Tuesday night.



Indiana State (14-7, 7-3 Missouri Valley) stayed in the
conference race with its first victory over a ranked team in
five tries this season. Manny Arop scored 17 points to lead the
Sycamores, while Davonte Brown and Jake Odum each added 10
points.



Though wins against Miami and Mississippi look good on the
resume, too, Arop said this victory was the sweetest.



"Because of this environment," Arop explained. "The difference
is they were playing in front of their fans, one of the best
crowds in the country."



That crowd had helped Wichita State (19-3, 8-2) wins its
previous 19 home games, but it wasn't enough against a
determined Indiana State team that held the Shockers to 27.1
percent shooting.



"What I'm happiest about is we weren't passive," Lansing said.
"If you come in passive here, they smell blood in the water."



Cleanthony Early led the Shockers with 15 points while Demetric
Williams added 14.



Arop said Indiana State made Wichita State "a jump shooting
team" with a 2-3 zone it employed after every made basket.



But Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said he was less concerned
about going 9 of 28 from behind the 3-point line than he was by
going 7 of 31 inside it.



"We've got to make some shots," he said. "We couldn't score
inside, couldn't guard them inside, they beat us on the boards -
there were a lot of things that weren't the norm."



Lansing said he was thrilled the zone "took Wichita State out of
its rhythm."



Indiana State was at its most aggressive during the most
important stretch of the game, the final 4:12 of the first half.
The Sycamores outscored the Shockers 17-3 during that stretch to
take a 39-28 lead.



The spurt was culminated with R.J. Mahurn's four-point play and
Khristian Smith's steal and layup, all in the final 35 seconds.



"They were quicker to every loose ball, to rebounds," Marshall
said. "I need to figure out why that happened."



As expected, Wichita State stormed out of the locker room at
halftime and quickly scored the first five points. Four minutes
into the half, Indiana State's lead had shrunk to 39-35.



But a 3-pointer by Dawon Cummings and a jumper by Arop stemmed
the tide and padded the Sycamores' lead to 44-35 with 14:45 to
play.



"I thought Dawon's shot was huge," Lansing said. "It felt like
we were never going to score again."



Trailing by 10 points with 10:34 remaining, Wichita State made a
run by holding Indiana State to two points over the next 4
minutes. A 3-pointer by Fred Van Vleet helped the Shockers
methodically pull within 50-48 with 7:26 left.



"It was more than once where it seemed like one more basket and
we were right there," Marshall said. "But then they'd make the
plays."



Odum did just that, scoring four straight points to halt Wichita
State's momentum. Two minutes later, Arop outhustled everyone to
a loose rebound on Wichita State's end and raced for a layup.



In Lansing's three seasons at Indiana State, the Sycamores are
38-3 when holding an opponents to less than 63 points.

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