OWENSBORO, Ky. — Cody Vest hit a 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired for Indianapolis to defeat No. 1 Kentucky Wesleyan 80-77 on Saturday afternoon.
This is the second time this season the Greyhounds (14-3, 7-2 GLVC) have defeated the top-ranked team. They beat Bellarmine, 99-94 on Dec. 1.
Trailing by one, 75-74 with 2:17 to go, the Greyhounds quickly regained the lead as Adrian Moss drove the left side of the lane and tossed the ball in off the glass while being fouled.
He converted the free throw to put UIndy back in front. Neither team scored again until the Panthers (15-2, 7-2 GLVC) forced a turnover and tied the game with eight seconds left.
UIndy called timeout to set up a chance to go full court and win the game. Moss took the ball out-of-bounds and then passed it across the baseline to Leland Brown. Brown in-bounded to Vest, who waited for Moss to come take a hand off.
Moss drove up the left side of the court and drew a double team to pass the ball across the court to a wide-open Vest to hit the first game-winning shot of his life.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|UIndy 80, No. 1 Ky.-Wesleyan 77|
|No. 2 Bellarmine 99, UW-Parkside 69|
|No. 3 W. Liberty 89, W.Va. Wesleyan 76|
|No. 7 S. Indiana 85, St. Joseph’s College 62|
|No. 9 NKU 77, Lewis 66|
|Mercyhurst 71, No. 10 IUP 47|
|No. 12 Colo. Mines 66, Colo. Mesa 48|
|No. 13 Midwestern 66, Cameron 51|
|No. 21 Bowie State 81, Chowan 71|
|No. 23 Shaw 70, St. Augustine’s 62|
|No. 25 Ft. Hays St. 78, Lincoln (Mo.) 63|
Moss led all players with 27 points, along with five assists and three rebounds, while Reece Cheatham added 17 points and Brown had a season-high 10 points along with a career-high seven rebounds.
UIndy shot 43 percent (23-53) overall, including 12 3-pointers. The Greyhounds also ended the game making 18 consecutive free throws to finish the game 22-23 (.957). KWC countered by shooting 45 percent (22-49) overall and 25-29 from the line, along with eight 3-pointers.
The Greyhounds out-rebounded the bigger Panthers, 33-25 including 11 offensive rebounds that led to a 13-2 advantage in second-chance points. Joe Daniels came off the bench to lead all players with a career-high eight rebounds.
The Panthers started fast by scoring the first nine points of the game, but UIndy regrouped to go on a 15-5 run and take the lead, 15-14 on a Moss 3-pointer. Kentucky Wesleyan staged a rally with 20 of the next 29 points for a 10-point lead with 6:16 to go in the half.
The runs continued as UIndy went on a 19-6 spurt over the last 5:15 of the half to lead at halftime, 43-40.
Kentucky Wesleyan started fast with the first five points to regain the lead and begin a stretch of six lead changes. UIndy had the last one and stretched its lead to five, 54-49 with 14:39 to go after converting both freebies off KWC head coach Todd Lee’s technical foul.
The Greyhounds pulled away to take a nine-point lead after free throws by Jarrett Hamilton and Cheatham.
The Panthers came back with a 13-3 run over 3:19 to regain the lead, 67-66 with 5:59 to play after a dunk by Brandon Johnson. UIndy roared back as Moss drew a foul nine seconds later and hit both free throws to put UIndy in front for good.
The Panthers were led by Johnson with 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Anthony Young added 17 points and seven rebounds.