TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State senior guard Jake Odum made his first free throw attempt of the night with just over 16 minutes remaining and moved past Sycamore legend Larry Bird with 543 career made free throws as part of an intense 59-54 victory over Evansville in front of 5,778 fans inside Hulman Center.
The Sycamores won their fourth in a row to improve to 21-6 and 12-3 MVC. Evansville fell to 11-17, 4-11 MVC. Indiana State’s 12 Missouri Valley Conference victories ties this year’s team with the 2010-11 squad for most league wins under fourth-year head coach Greg Lansing. This is just the fifth time in 38 seasons of MVC play that the Sycamores have won 12 or more league contests.
The victory also secured the No. 2 seed at next month’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis. That is the highest seed for the Sycamores since earning the No. 1 seeding in 2000. Indiana State’s 12 league victories ties it with the 1991-92 and 2010-11 teams for the third-most MVC victories in a single season and was the 41st MVC victory for seniors Odum and Lucas Eitel — second only to Michael Menser and Matt Renn’s 44.