Indiana State beats Evansville 58-53

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Jordan Barnes scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Indiana State beat Evansville 58-53 on Wednesday night to sweep the season series against the Purple Aces.

Qiydar Davis added 12 points for the Sycamores (12-17, 7-10 Missouri Valley Conference), who shot just 28.8 percent from the field but made eight 3-pointers, including five by Barnes.

Ryan Taylor’s jumper put Evansville up 39-37, but Demonte Ojinnaka’s 3 put Indiana State up for good, 40-39, and the Sycamores led by as many as six points. The Purple Aces closed to 56-53 on Taylor’s 3 with 13 seconds to go, but Barnes sealed it with two from the line.

The game was tied at 21 at halftime after neither team shot better than 26.7 percent.

Taylor scored 30 points and Dainius Chatkevicius had 10 boards for Evansville (16-14, 6-11), which has lost four straight.

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