The most surprising team in the Missouri Valley Conference needed a lucky break to capture its biggest win of the season.
With Indiana State tied at 59 with Creighton and five seconds remaining in regulation, Sycamores wing Carl Richard inbounded the ball to Jake Odum, and the redshirt freshman attempted to sink a clutch shot. Instead Odum's potential game-winning three missed the mark by so much that Richard was able to read the miss, rebound the airball and bank in a reverse layup as the buzzer sounded to give Indiana State a thrilling 61-59 victory.
Richard's improbable game-winning layup will silence some of the doubters who have suggested Indiana State's strong start to league play is a fluke. The second-place Sycamores are now 6-1 in the Valley, but their six opponents besides Creighton had a combined record of 7-29 in the conference entering play on Sunday.
Six wins in seven league games is the Sycamore's best start since the 1999-00 conference champion squad began the year with the same conference record. Whether or not Indiana State can contend again this season will likely be determined later this week when the Sycamores meet league favorites Missouri State and Wichita State.