Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Unlucky Aces Lose Late Again UE Misses on Final 3-Pointer, Drops Third in a Row at Buzzer

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Unlucky Aces Lose Late Again UE Misses on Final 3-Pointer, Drops Third in a Row at Buzzer

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A quick start and a strong finish wasn't enough to make a difference for the University of Evansville on Tuesday night as Indiana State claimed an 80-78 victory. Despite having four players score in double figures, including a double- double of 12 points and 10 rebounds from junior point guard Troy Taylor, the Aces lost their third heartbreaker in the past seven days of Missouri Valley Conference action.

"It hurts, but this is basketball, so anything can happen," said Taylor, who made four of five shots and also finished with seven assists with just two turnovers. "It's the little things that are messing us up."

Still, when the Sycamores' Dwayne Lathan made just one of two free throws with 4.7 seconds to give Indiana State an 80-78 lead, the Aces (7-8, 2-3 MVC) had another chance to win in the final seconds.

Kenneth Harris came up with the rebound on the miss and quickly dribbled down the court, pulling up just outside the 3-point arc in front of the UE bench. His shot with one second left skipped off the rim to the relief of most of the Hulman Center crowd of 6,790.

"When Kenny got the ball and I saw him pull up for the three, I thought we were going to get a little bit of revenge for the Illinois State game," said junior guard Colt Ryan, who finished with 17 points. "I thought it was going in the way he let go of it. But that's the way it goes."

Lately, it's been going that way all too often against the Aces. After getting off to a 2-0 start in the MVC, the Aces have dropped their last three games by a combined five points, including losing on a buzzer-beater trey at Illinois State on Saturday.

"As a team we have to get better at executing throughout the entire game," said Ryan. "We get to the end of games with a shot at it, but right now we are losing the close games. We need to get a bigger lead so we don't lose these games."

The Aces broke out to a 13-4 lead on the strength of their defense, forcing four turnovers by the Sycamores (11-5, 2-3 MVC) in the opening 4:23. But with Denver Holmes sitting on the bench after picking up a pair of fouls in less than two minutes, the Sycamores clawed back into it. …

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