Grant-Foster Ignites Second-Half Comeback in IHCC Win

W, 74-61

Sedalia, Missouri -- For the second straight Saturday night, Tyon Grant-Foster took over in the second half and led Indian Hills to a come-from-behind victory.  This time it came against State Fair CC in the Iowa-Missouri Challenge with the Warriors winning by a 74-61 margin, a decision that made it a 5-3 win for the Iowa schools in the first-ever Challenge.

Grant-Foster scored 24 of his career-high 33 points in the final 20 minutes and Indian Hills made up a nine-point deficit they faced just over three minutes into the final half.  A dunk by Lual Akot with 16:48 to play put State Fair ahead 40-31 and caused an IHCC timeout.  From then until the end of the game -- almost 17 minutes -- the Roadrunners made only five field goals.  They totaled nine in each half.

Akot built the lead to nine again, 42-33, and that's when Grant-Foster caught fire.  First, he was fouled while making a 3-pointer and added the free throw for a four-point play, then he made another three to quickly slice the deficit to two at 42-40.  A basket by JD Muila after an offensive rebound gave Indian Hills the lead, 46-45, and the Warriors didn't trail again.  A while later, Grant-Foster reeled off 10 straight points in one stretch, getting a steal and stuff, two foul shots and then back-to-back threes.  He put the exlamation mark on his night with a layup and a three-point play.

Grant-Foster netted 22 of his 24 points in the final half a week before when IHCC came from nine down in the second half to knock off John A. Logan.  The sophomore buried a career-high five 3-pointers against SFCC.  He was helped by Chris Childs, who scored 12 points.

State Fair had a 20-point game from Kailleb Walton-Blanden and 19 points from Akot.  The Roadrunners shot only 30 percent and made just 2-of-14 3-point tries. 

The two teams will meet again, on Nov. 29, in Moberly as part of a weekend tourney.

The Warriors return home for a pair of games next weekend.  They'll match up with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Friday night and Coffeyville (Kans.) the next evening in the Financial Partners Classic.  Both weekend foes played in the NJCAA national tournament last March.



Chris Payton 3 0-1 6, Maurice Calloo 1 2-3 4, Tyrese Nickelson 2 2-2 6, Loseni Kamara 0 0-0 0, Chris Childs 2 6-6 12, Malique Jacobs 1 2-2 4, Tyon Grant-Foster 11 6-9 33, Drake Jeffries 1 0-0 2, JD Muila 2 1-3 5, Dedoch Chan 0 0-0 0, Ben Lyon 0 2-2 2  Team 23 21-28 74


Kailleb Walton-Blanden 5 10-13 20, Demaria Franklin 2 2-2 6, Kohen Thompson 0 2-2 2, Nate McClure 0 0-0 0, John Egbuta 0 0-0 0, Malcolm Townsel 1 0-0 2, Lual Akot 6 5-5 19, Sarion McGee 2 4-4 8, Dmitri Georgiadis 2 0-1 4  Team 18 23-27 61

Halftime score: State Fair 31, Indian Hills 29; Three-point field goals: IHCC 7 (Grant-Foster 5, Childs 2), SFCC 2 (Akot 2)