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Indiana State beats UNLV in semis of Diamond Head Classic

December 24, 2018
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Indiana State guard Jordan Barnes (2), forward Devin Thomas (35) and UNLV forward Joel Ntambwe (24) fight for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

HONOLULU (AP) — Jordan Barnes had 28 points and five assists, Tyreke Key added 16 points and Indiana State beat UNLV 84-79 in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic on Sunday.

Barnes’ 3-pointer with 43 seconds left extended Indiana State’s lead to 81-77 and he added two free throws on their next possession. UNLV missed a shot and Key made 1 of 2 free throws to seal it.

Emondre Rickman added 13 points with two blocked shots and Bronson Kessinger had 11 points for Indiana State (8-3). Rickman needs two blocks to tie Nate Green for fourth in program history.

Barnes led the way in the first half with 11 points as the Sycamores were ahead 35-28.

Amauri Hardy tied a career high with 22 points for the Runnin’ Rebels (6-5). Freshman Joel Ntambwe added 21 points and 15 rebounds for his third straight double-double and Kris Clyburn had 15 points.

UNLV extended its NCAA record of making a 3-pointer to 1,050 straight games.

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