2011 Old Spice Classic: Sycamores Defeat Red Raiders at the Foul Line

Brian SpaenContributor IINovember 24, 2011

Billy Gillispie suffers first loss as Texas Tech head coach.
Billy Gillispie suffers first loss as Texas Tech head coach.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Indiana State overcame bad shooting from the field to beat Texas Tech 60-49 in the first quarterfinal of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida.

The Sycamores shot 35.7 percent from the field, but the Red Raiders gave them multiple opportunities at the free throw line, committing 23 fouls. The Sycamores went 25-31 from there, taking advantage of that gift.

Jordan Tolbert was the clear player of the game for Texas Tech, getting 20 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort. The Sycamores spread the ball around, with six players scoring seven or more points. Jake Odum was their leader, hitting two three point shots, going eight of 10 from the free throw line, with four assists.

The Red Raiders started off badly on both sides of the ball, turning the ball over and fouling the Sycamores by double-digits in the first 10 minutes of the game. Both teams struggled shooting from the field, giving Texas Tech with a chance to come back.

Tolbert and Terran Petteway did just that, driving the team to a 22-all tie with 4:22 to go in the half. The Sycamores weathered the storm and took the lead right back, finishing off the half with a 10-4 run.

Both teams couldn't make many behind the arc, but Odum started off the second half with a three point shot. They started pulling away and taking a double-digit lead, as big as 44-33 with 12:20 to go in the game.

Tolbert then took advantage of a few Sycamore turnovers in the middle of the second half and got four quick points, helping the Red Raiders get within five points in a 5-0 run. Their defensive intensity picked up and forced the Sycamores into quick shots.

However, that's as close as they got, as the Sycamores started getting to the line again when they attacked the basket and made better jump shots, beating the Red Raiders' pressure. The lead got into double-digits again, and the game ended on a 16-10 run.

Texas Tech put themselves in a hole early. While they fixed turning the ball over, it's impossible to win by fouling a team 23 times and they make over 80 percent of those free throws. Indiana State improves to a perfect 5-0 while the Red Raiders take their first loss of the year and go to 4-1.