Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indiana State Short 2 Starters, Who Were Short of Class Hours

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indiana State Short 2 Starters, Who Were Short of Class Hours

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Indiana State went into Thursday's game against Southwest Missouri State minus senior point guard Nick Hargrove and junior center Derrick Stroud.

The two starters were declared ineligible because they weren't officially enrolled in the minimum number of credit hours (12) required by the NCAA. Indiana State (10-12, 5-9) nevertheless managed to win Thursday night 80-74.

Hargrove, who sat out Monday's game against Creighton, has been directed to sit out five games. Stroud was declared ineligible only for Thursday's game because, unlike Hargrove, he has played in only one game without being enrolled in the required number of credit hours. The university plans to appeal the decision, calling it too severe. "These inadvertent violations were self-reported by the university to the NCAA and the Missouri Valley Conference," Indiana State director of athletics Larry Gallo said in a release. "It is unfortunate when situations occur that affect the university, the athletics department and, more specifically, a student athlete, the coaching staff and team members; however, the responsibility for preventing violations of this nature falls upon the shoulders of everyone associated with the athletics department . . . ." Although he'd never change places, Bradley coach Jim Molinari's heart went out to Southern Illinois-Carbondale's Rich Herrin after the Braves squeaked past the Salukis on Monday, winning on a 42-foot shot by senior Anthony Parker at the buzzer. The Salukis had owned the game - until the end. With 12 seconds to play, SIUC led 53-49. Then Parker snagged a rebound, was fouled making a layup and made the free throw, bringing the score to 53-52. Salukis junior Rashad Tucker then was fouled after inbounding the ball. He missed a free throw, allowing Parker an opportunity to jet down the floor and plunk one in. The Braves won 55-53. "They obviously outplayed us for 35 minutes," Molinari said. Despite the loss, Salukis coach Herrin wasn't down on his team. "Even though we got beat by Bradley, we couldn't have played any better than we did," he said. "It probably wasn't meant for us to win that game." The Braves and Salukis have been neck and neck in the conference and have provided some intense encounters this season. …

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