SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team had its work cut out on Saturday afternoon as they hosted seventeenth-ranked Trinity International University in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
IU South Bend's only lead came one minute into the game when Jeremy Jones (JR/Fort Wayne, Indiana) knocked down a triple to put the Titans in front 3-2. The Titans had answers for the Trojan's run during the first half and trailed by just 10 at the half.
Taylor Brooks (JR/Granger, Indiana) had the toughest defensive assignment of the night as he was matched up with one of the best big men in the CCAC in Zach Kirschbaum. Brooks held his own against the 6-10 forward, holding Kirschbaum to 14 points, six point below his season average.
It looked as if the Trojans were going to cruise to a blowout victory as they extended their lead to 23 points six minutes into the final stanza. The Titans had other ideas as they began to chip away at the TIU lead.
Trailing 73-58 with 4:57 left to play the Titans defense picked up its pressure and the offense started to knock down shots. Over a span of 3:45 the Titans went on a 14-2 run to cut its deficit to just three points with 1:20 left to play. Kirschbaum had a big offensive rebound and put-back to put TIU up 77-72 with 50 seconds left that ultimately sealed the victory for the Trojans.
IU South Bend will travel to Trinity Christian on Wednesday to continue CCAC action.