12.06.05

Yet Another Early Season Upset: IS Beats IU

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In probably the most significant game since the ’79 Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson matchup, Indiana State beat the Indiana Hoosiers tonight, 72-67 (from the Associated Press):

Indiana State didn’t need a last-second shot to beat Indiana Tuesday night. All it took was grittiness, determination and the seemingly unstoppable tandem of David Moss (above, right) and Tyson Schnitker.

Moss and Schnitker each scored 19 points, had six assists and accounted for 28 of 42 second-half points to help the Sycamores rally from an 11-point second-half deficit and upset No. 18 Indiana 72-67.

“This is one of the biggest things we’ve accomplished since I’ve been here,” said Moss, a senior. “When you’ve got guys who have heart, who are willing to work and listen and pay attention to the details, then we’ve got a chance to win.”

Moss hasn’t won much lately, enduring the torment of going 20-39 the past two seasons. So when it was clear Indiana State (4-0) was about to knock off its in-state rival for the third time in four meetings, Moss couldn’t restrain his excitement.

He raced toward the baseline to greet students who ran right past him as they stormed the court. The students then danced on the Sycamores midcourt logo for several minutes while the band played.

The Terre-Haute-based Sycamores are off to a 4-0 start, and who knows? They could easily end up a late-season spoiler, out of the MVC. Meanwhile, Hoosier fans who aren’t calling for Mike Davis’s resignation and/or head, surely are by now.

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