Posted: Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:06PM

Unbeaten, No. 7 Indianapolis holds off Panthers

Indianapolis, IN. -- Unbeaten and nationally seventh-ranked Indianapolis made its free throws down the stretch to hold off Drury for a 72-69 victory over the Panthers in Great Lakes Valley Conference action Thursday night at Nicoson Hall.

Brandon Lockhart scored 21 points to lead three Panthers in double-figures as Drury fell to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the GLVC while the Greyhounds - who made 10 of 13 free throws in the final 3:43, including nine straight at one point - moved to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the league.

Drake Patterson added 13 points, including a 3-for-3 effort from 3-point range, and freshman guard Kameron Bundy added 10 points off the bench for the Panthers, who trailed 35-31 at the half despite 14 first-half points from Lockhart.

Leland Brown and James Hollowell had 22 points each to lead the Greyhounds, with Brown pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Drury claimed a 36-35 advantage on the boards for the contest, led by eight rebounds from Ian Carter.

The Panthers trailed 60-49 with 6:54 to go before a 9-0 run got Drury back in it. It was a two-point game (64-62) with 1:35 remaining, but five unanswered points by the Greyhounds put the game away.

Drury's leading scorer on the season at 18 points per game, senior guard Alex Hall, was held to five points on 1 of 7 shooting, though he did make the 300th 3-pointer of his Panthers career.

The Greyounds made 22 of 30 free throws to just 11 of 18 by the Panthers. 

"Congratulations to Indianapolis, which defended its home floor," Drury coach Steve Hesser said. "I was proud of our guys. I thought we showed some competitiveness, but they got to the 50-50 balls better than we did. 

"There are some things we can take away from this. But if we don't get in the gym and start practicing, and our leadership doesn't demand we do that, it's going to be hard for us."

The Panthers continue the two-game weekend GLVC road swing at Saint Joseph's on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. in Rensselaer, Ind.

"The toughest game in your Thursday-Saturday (GLVC schedule) is Saturday afternoon for the road team," Hesser said. "Parkside had enough toughness last week to come in and play extremely hard in our place and get a victory. So we'll see how we regroup, because that's what we need to do."

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