Indiana State basketball historic year ends in heartbreak in NIT final

INDIANAPOLIS — To be great at anything, you have to be willing to have your heart broken. That was the opening sentiment from Indiana State coach Josh Schertz in the aftermath of a gut-wrenching 79-77 loss to Seton Hall in the NIT championship game. “Our hearts are certainly broken tonight.” 

Stakes aside, the season-ending setback was made especially painful by how it transpired.

The Sycamores had their opponent on the ropes. After trailing by as many as 11 points late in the first half, Indiana State went on a game-tilting 8-0 run capped by an Isaiah Swope 3-pointer from the volleyball line to extend the Missouri Valley Conference champion’s lead to 77-70 with 3:03 remaining. ISU had all the momentum and the energy from the Sycamore-dominated Hinkle Fieldhouse crowd was at its peak.

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