INDIANAPOLIS – The front court duo of junior Leland Brown and senior James Hollowell combined for 45 points and 18 rebounds to keep No. 11 Indianapolis undefeated with a 72-69 home victory against Drury at Nicoson Hall.
Brown posted the first double-double of his career by tying his career high with 23 points and career-best 10 rebounds, while Hollowell added 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Greyhounds (11-0, 3-0 GLVC) in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game against the Panthers (8-4, 2-2). The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Indianapolis in the series and marked its first home win against Drury.
Reece Cheatham was saddled with foul trouble in the first half, but stepped up with 15 of his 16 points in the second half to help the Greyhounds’ cause.
Indianapolis shot 46 percent from the field (23-for-50), despite hitting just 4 of 17 3-pointers. Indianapolis hit 22 of 30 free throws and held Drury to 11 of 18 at the charity stripe. The Panthers shot 41.7 percent (25-for-60) and made 8 of 23 3-pointers.
Brandon Lockhart led Drury with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Drake Patterson added 13 points. The Greyhounds held Drury’s leading scorer, Alex Hall (18.7 ppg), to just five points on 1 of 7 shooting.
The Greyhounds led by four after Hall made his only basket with 10 minutes to play. After trading turnovers, Brennan McElroy fed Hollowell underneath for one of his five assists to start a 7-0 run. Cheatham nailed a 3-pointer from the corner and then Brown scored on a fast break to put Indianapolis up 11 with 6:54 remaining.
The Panthers didn’t go away and scored the next nine to close within two with 3:43 remaining. Lockhart fouled Cheatham on the next possession to stop the run and then Brown made a pair 35 seconds later to get the lead back to six with 2:59 left.
Drury answered again and scored the next four points to make it a two-point game with 1:35 to play. Cheatham took control of the ball late in the shot clock for Indianapolis and drove down the left side of the lane to hit a driving layup, while being fouled by Patterson. Cheatham hit both free throw and then converted two more with 38 seconds left to put Indianapolis up seven.
The Greyhounds shot 52 percent in the second half (12-for-23) and hit 11 of 14 free throws to hold off Drury.
The first half belonged to Indianapolis as it went on an 11-2 run after Drury scored the first basket to lead by seven after a three-point play by Brown. The Panthers came back to grab a six-point advantage with 6:35 left in the half, but consecutive scores in the paint by Hollowell, Joe Daniels and Brown evened the game.
Indianapolis grew the lead to three after back-to-back three-point plays by Brown and then Hollowell hit two free throws with 56 seconds left to put Indianapolis up four at halftime.
Hollowell and Brown combined for 30 of Indianapolis’ 35 first-half points with Cheatham and Tyrae Robinson in foul trouble.