Indiana State Pulls Off the Upset Over #16 Butler

Last night was a fun night to be inside the Hulman Center. Indiana State played inspired on the 60th birthday of Larry Bird to knock off the #16 team in the country. This was the kind of game the ISU was better in nearly the entire way, but late Butler tried to steal it. At one point I thought for sure that Butler had stopped the upset bid. They kind of took the air out of the stadium, and built a small lead. Indiana State never gave up though, and stormed back to take the lead themselves. Of course because it is the Sycamores the game had to come down to the last seconds. In those last seconds Brenton Scott took the ball and the game in his hands. His drive to the hoop and free throw after he was fouled won the game for Indiana State. This was a fun one to cover. I have three more games at the Hulman Center before 2016 is over. Every game is fun, but it will be hard to top this one. The next Indiana State game that I will cover will be on the road though. The Sycamore women face Butler at their home on Sunday. Maybe the magic will keep going, and ISU can make it two for two this season.

When the Fans Storm the Court

Before the game started I was making a photo of a student when I heard the student section talking about storming the court after the game. They seemed very confident in a win at that point. As the game moved on I kept that in mind. I didn’t want to be caught off guard when the kids came out onto the court. At the last TV timeout I ran back into the media room to swap out my 70-200mm lens for my 8-15mm fisheye. In a tight pack that fisheye would come in handy. As the final shot was in the air I was basically in a sprinters stance to get to midcourt at the same time as the fans. Once there I was part of the mob. It really reminded me of 1994 at a Metallica show finding my way into a mosh pit. For a time I wondered if my gear would make it out in one piece. I found my way to the athletes to record some of their celebration. It was a great moment for them, and I wanted to capture some of it. In the middle of the chaos was a lot of fun making photos.

More Photos From the Game

Last night after the game I put together a gallery of images on my Exposure site from the game here. That was a fun game to cover, and I wanted a gallery of it. It was fun to look through some of the other photographers pictures of the celebration. There were moments everywhere, and you just had to find them. It seemed like everyone captured something a little different, and that is good. I would love to do this again.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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