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Jake Odum’s last-second shot lifts Indiana State over Miami in OT

Dec 26, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

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Before the Diamond Head Classic, not many people in Miami-Dade County knew who Jake Odum was. With one shot on Christmas Day, that is likely to change.

Odum, a 6-4 junior, waved off help from teammates on Indiana State’s final possession before driving into the lane, pump-faking, stepping around a defender, and banking a shot off the glass to give the Sycamores a 57-55 lead with 0.8 seconds remaining. The would prove to be the game-winner, giving Indiana State a third place finish in the annual holiday tournament in Hawaii.

That was one of just two shots that Odum made on the afternoon, finishing 2-of-7 from the floor for nine points. The shot gave Indiana State its second victory in the Diamond Head Classic and an upset over a team that many thought was coming on strong prior to the beginning of ACC play.

With Reggie Johnson sidelined with an injury, Indiana State was able to keep the game close on the backboards, which was aided by an 0-of-15 shooting night from three-point range for Miami. Not that the Sycamores shot well from the field either, because they finished 27 percent from the floor overall, but their 6-of-25 mark from three was part of the difference.

For Miami, Jim Larranaga’s team will continue to fight depth issues and injuries don’t help. The Hurricanes were missing Durand Scott when they lost to Florida Gulf Coast earlier this year, and now drop two in a row without Reggie Johnson.

The Hurricanes have one game remaining before the start of ACC play against Georgia Tech on Jan. 5.

To see the shot, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. realisticbeyondyou - Dec 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Yea! The Sycamores got a third place trophy from a 50% scrub shooter. Wowza. That will make a difference in the NCAA seeding in March! Maybe if you combine Miami and Indiana State, you’d have a fifth-place team in any conference except the ACC or the SEC or the Big East. It was a slow news day Dec. 26 and we thank Indiana State for providing this uplifting moment. Not.

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