TERRE ALTE, Ind. – The Sycamores close out their season-opening three-game home Thursday night when they welcome the North Dakota State Bison to Hulman Center for a 7 p.m. tip. Thursday will be just the third meeting all-time between the two teams with the series tied at 1-1.
NDSU is one of five teams the Sycamores have home series with dating back to last season. ISU will also take on Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois this season in scheduled rematches with all but Miami games set to compete at the Hulman Center, in addition to having previously hosted Green Bay and Ball State.
Indiana State got off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2011-12 and will look to improve to 3-0, also for the first time since 2011-12, when the ISU started 5-0.
Courvoisier McCauley he was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday. He showed off in his Sycamore debut with a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds against Green Bay, and connected for three 3-pointers in the game. McCauley averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds on the week with a season-high six rebounds against Ball State on Saturday.
HISTORY OF THE SERIES
Thursday will be just the third meeting all-time between ISU and NDSU as part of a three-game deal between the two programs. The overall series is tied 1-1 with each team winning on their respective home field.
The Sycamores won the first meeting between the two teams on December 3, 2019, 71-60, at home in Terre Haute. The Bison had their second and most recent fight, 77-70, on December 13, 2021 in Fargo, ND
LAST MATCH AGAINST BISONTE (COMPLETE SUMMARY)
Indiana State basketball fell 77-70 on the road to the Bison on December 13, 2021. Cooper Neese he recorded a career-high 30 points, but it wasn’t enough as it was a story of two halves in Fargo as NDSU rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat Indiana State.
The night of Neese’s career came on 11 of 22 shooting, including five 3-pointers. Xavier Bledson he was the only other Sycamore to score in double figures as the guard went 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting while also picking up five assists and a pair of rebounds.
Neese hit 11 of ISU’s last 13 points, including two late contested 3-pointers to put the ISU within three points at 73-70 at 1:22, but a foul by Indiana State at 27.3 seconds he eventually led the Bison to a shutout charity streak, a point where NDSU was 12 for 13 all game.
NDSU IN SHORT
The Bison were picked fourth in the Summit League preseason poll, and junior forward Grant Nelson was named a Preseason All-Summit League First Team after averaging 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game la last season. Nelson recorded his first career double-double against Pacific with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Despite being 0-3 this season, NDSU has faced a pair of top 10 teams in No. 10 Arkansas and No. 5 Kansas. NDSU is outscoring its opponents 129-122 in the second half of this season. The Bison outscored #5 Kansas 40-34 after halftime and NDSU scored 57 points in the final 20 minutes against the Pacific.
Against Pacific, freshman Sam Hastreiter set an NDSU single-game record for errorless 3-pointers while shooting perfect 7-of-7 from beyond the arc. He finished with 24 points and six rebounds and shot 9-of-11 (82%) from 3-point range this season.
In the previous three seasons, NDSU ranked 50th of 358 Division I schools in winning percentage, and Bison had 82 wins in the past four seasons, tied for 59th in all Division I. NDSU won at least 19 games in eight of the last 10 seasons.
LAST TIME OUT
Five different Sycamores scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as Indiana State defeated Ball State, 83-71, inside the Hulman Center.
Cooper Neese beat the Sycamores with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while Courvoisier McCauley And Trent Gibson each posted double-digits in their second consecutive game with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Kailex Stephens scored 11 points when shooting 9-for-10 from the charity streak, and Jayson Kent he amassed 13 points off the bench, including 3-of-5 from deep.
Six Sycamores had four or more rebounds in the game, led by Courvoisier McCauley with six, all in defense. ISU also collected 12 steals in the Gibson-led game and Julian Larry with three each and Cameron Henry and McCauley with a pair each.
The Sycamores went on a 10-0 halftime run to grab the biggest lead of the game, pushing ahead by 15 points to 33-18 with 3:48 left in the half. Neesi e Xavier Bledson he knocked down a pair of late threes off the bench, and Neese had nine of Indiana State’s last 13 points in the half on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. The Sycamores led 43-31 at halftime.
In ISU’s season opener against Green Bay, Courvoisier McCauley And Trent Gibson each hit a double-double, marking the first time two Sycamores have recorded a double-double in the same game since 1994. five of them were transfers.
2022-23 RETURN TRIPS
Several familiar foes dot the 2022-23 non-conference schedule as the Sycamores feature five comebacks from last season. ISU will feature four teams making the return trip to the Hulman Center this winter, while the Sycamores will travel once to close out home contracts.
2022-23 2021-22 (Results)
Nov. 7 vs. Green Bay Nov. 9 at GB-W, 81-77
Nov. 12 vs. Ball State Nov. 27 at BSU – L, 97-75
Nov. 17 vs. North Dakota State Dec. 13 at NDSU-L, 77-70
Dec. 3 in Miami (Ohio) Dec. 4 vs. MOH – W, 69-68
Dec. 22 vs. Northern Illinois Dec. 22 – Canceled (Covid)
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