SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team led for just 8:42 on Wednesday night as they hosted the University of St. Francis at the Student Activities Center. IU South Bend cut its deficit to six points with 2:26 left to play but committed back-to-back turnovers leading to two buckets for the Fighting Saints. The Titans eventually fell 88-75.
Jurod Wooden (FR/South Bend, Indiana) had a career night scoring 25 points to go with four rebounds and two steals. Rashaan Jackson (SO/Warsaw, Indiana) added 17 points while Avery Harmon (SR/ Broadview, Illinois) chipped in 16 points in the loss.
Early on the Titans were draining the long ball but the momentum quickly changed as the Fighting Saints offense began knocking down shots, taking the lead for good at the 6:05 mark in the first half on a pair of free throws from Logan Timmons.
Trailing by six at the half, USF opened the second half on a 10-1 run to build its lead to 15 points. Down 16 points with 6:53 to go, the Titans starting getting to the rim and converting layups and went on a 16-6 run but could not get the defensive stops they needed to complete the comeback.
The loss drops the Titans to 11-10 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
The Titans return to action on Saturday as they travel to Robert Morris University Illinois. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m. and will be streamed live on http://www.eaglesportsnetwork.com/