1989 BasketBrawl Shockers vs. Sycamores

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After Larry Bird graduated in 1979, the ’80s were not so good to the Indiana State Sycamores in the Valley.

The best result in that decade was a tie for fifth place with 8 wins and 8 losses in 1980. The Sycamores saw four coaching changes. Bill Hodges was the head coach for the national runner-up team (78-82), followed by Dave Schellhase (82-85), Ron Greene (85-89) and Tates Locke (89-94). 

Let’s turn to the 1988-89 season. The Sycamores had lost 14 straight games prior to hosting Wichita State on February 23, 1989. Not only were they on a losing streak, the day before the game head coach Ron Green had announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season. 

Then this happened in the first half.

After legendary MVC official Jim Bain sorted things out, nine Sycamores and one Shocker were ejected. 

Even more ridiculous, the Sycamores had to play the entire second half with four players and outscored the Shockers 44-43. In the final minute of the game two Sycamore fouled out and end the game with two players on the court. 

Final Score: Wichita State 84   Indiana State 69

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