The UIndy men's basketball team (6-2) failed to overcome a sluggish start on Tuesday night to fall to the visiting Olivet Nazarene Tigers (8-4), 95-81.
Five days after the passing of their head coach Ralph Hodge, the Tigers orchestrated a 22-2 first-half run to give the visitors a lead that proved untouchable. The Hounds got within eight late in the second half, but Olivet Nazarene pulled away to fend off the hosts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
UIndy shot just 37.5 percent from the field in the opening half to trail Olivet Nazarene by 14 at the break. Jimmy King
had 12 first-half points, while Jacob Polakovich
had four boards in just over seven minutes.
Consecutive three-pointers by Miles Wayer
and Jesse Kempson
pulled UIndy to an eight-point deficit with just over two minutes left, but the Tigers hit free throws and kept the ball of the Hounds' hands to finish with a 95-81 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Kempson finished with a team-high 20 points and seven rebounds, with freshman Jacob Polakovich
also had seven boards.
Wayer poured in a career-high 15 points on five-of-nine shooting from beyond the arc. The junior ties Jordache Mavunga
and Trevor Lakes
for the most three-balls made in a game this season.
also tallied 15 points in 34 minutes of action.
Head coach Stan Gouard
: "They wanted it more from the start. You can tell from how those guys warmed up that they were excited. We were never ready to play. It was an emotional game for them."
The Hounds will take 13 days off before heading to Las Vegas to battle Pittsburg State and Washburn.