TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Khristian Smith scored 19 points, including a dunk and free throw to give Indiana State a five-point lead with 1:13 left, as the Sycamores held on to beat Drake 60-56 on Sunday.
Drake's Karl Madison made a layup with 58 seconds left to pull the Bulldogs within three, but Aaron Hawley's tying attempt was off the mark. Smith then made one of two free throws with 3 seconds left to secure the win.
Manny Arop had 13 points, on 5-of-13 shooting, for Indiana State (18-6, 9-3 MVC).
Trevor Berkeley scored 12 points, including three 3-pointers, for Drake (12-12, 3-9), while Hawley added 11 and Richard Carter 10.
Indiana State took a 54-46 lead with 4:42 left before back-to-back triples by Carter and Hawley pulled Drake within 54-52 with 2:33 remaining.