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 Indiana (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP)
72-67 on Tuesday night.
"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 a 20-39 record the last
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.
It was Indiana State's first win over a ranked team since
beating Oklahoma 70-68 in a first-round NCAA Tournament game on
March 16, 2001. The Sycamores also are off to their best start in
For the Hoosiers (4-2), it was a night of frustration.
They blew a double-digit lead, thanks in part to yielding 22
points off their 22 turnovers and not finding a way to contain
either Moss or Schnitker once they got going in the final 18
minutes. Schnitker hit five 3s and finished with a career-high in
points. Moss added nine rebounds.
"Twenty-two turnovers is not characteristic of our team,"
Hoosiers swingman Robert Vaden said. "We didn't play like a team
tonight, that's something we have to work on."
Coach Mike Davis was an even harsher critic.
He was upset with the Hoosiers' poor shot selection, giving up
13 second-chance points and a stretch in which they appeared to
relax. Ben Allen finished with 21 points, his second straight
career-high, and seven rebounds. Vaden added 12 points and Marco
Killingsworth had 10 points and eight rebounds.
But against Indiana State, Davis knew no lead was safe.
"Eleven points is no good with their shooters," he said. "I
knew they wouldn't quit."
Indiana appeared to take control with a late 11-2 flurry near
the end of the first half, then emerged from the locker room and
scored the first six points of the second half to build a 41-30
lead with 18:30 left.
Sycamores coach Royce Waltman, a former Indiana assistant under
Bob Knight, called time-out and Indiana State got itself righted.
Schnitker started the comeback by hitting a 3-pointer. Then Moss
made two free throws and when the 18-2 run ended -- fittingly with
Schnitker's breakaway layup with 13:18 to go -- the Sycamores led
"Those shots come from David and Gabe [Moore] because they're
such smart players," Schnitker said. "They'll collapse on them
and kick it back out."
Another quick 8-1 scoring burst by Indiana State midway through
the second half extended the lead to 63-52 with 6:05 left.
"I don't know what the answer is for the difference in the
second half," Waltman said. "Other than the fact that maybe our
kids saw some things a little better."
Allen's layup sparked a 9-0 Indiana run that got the Hoosiers
within 63-61. Then came a 6-2 spurt that closed the gap to 68-67
with 34 seconds left.
But the Sycamores dug in. Moore hit two free throws with 28.4
seconds left, and the Hoosiers missed two potentially tying
3-pointers on the next possession.
Freshman Jay Tunnell sealed the upset by making two more free
throws with 6.6 seconds left, and that sent the large crowd clad
mostly in the Sycamores' blue-and-white streaming onto the court as
the buzzer sounded.
"This is a great win for us, but hopefully we've got bigger
fish to fry," Waltman said. "I'm particularly excited for our two
seniors, David and Darron Evans, because of all the things they've