SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Basketball is a so called game of runs. That was no different last night as the Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team hosted cross-town rival Holy Cross College. HCC went from down eight to up 11 with a 21-0 run that spanned the first five minutes of the second half.
The Titans weathered the storm and continued to slice in to the Saints' lead and got it down to six with just over nine minutes left to play in the game. Down the stretch the Titan defense had no answer for Travon Brackett or Ja'Mere Washington. Brackett finished with a game-high 30 points while Washington added 21.
It was a different IU South Bend team in the first half as they took the early lead with a Taylor Brooks (JR/Granger, Indiana) triple and never trailed the rest of the half. With 5:39 to play in the opening frame, Jeremy Jones (JR/Fort Wayne, Indiana) in his first game back from an ankle injury gave the Titans a 10-point advantage with a three from the wing.
Brooks gave IU South Bend its largest lead of the game in the first half with a three to put the Titans up 11 but it was the Saints who took the momentum into the second half as they ended the first half on a short 5-0 run to cut the IU South Bend lead to six points at the intermission.
Avery Harmon (SR/ Broadview, Illinois) paced the Titans with 26 points to go with six rebounds and four assists. Jones added 12 while Brooks chipped in with 11.
The loss drops the Titans to 11-12 overall and 5-9 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. CCAC play will continue on Saturday as they host No. 20 Trinity International University. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m.