By: Lucas Packer
Toughness, perseverance, focus. These are all things that coaches preach and they are all things that basketball teams must have in order to be successful. Unfortunately for the IU South Bend men's basketball team, they were all in short supply last night as they traveled to face off against the Lakers of Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. The Titans lost the contest 60-50 despite holding a lead late in the game. In the end, the Lakers made the big shots and got the big stops and the Titans, well, didn't.
The first half was a disaster for IU South Bend as they connected on just 7/27 shots from the field for a dismal 26% shooting percentage. Shots from behind the arc were even more unfriendly for the Titans as they missed on all eight attempts. The Lakers, on the other hand, managed to shoot 46% from the field and control the glass as they went into the intermission holding a 23-21 lead. It was the kind of ugly first half you never want to have, especially on the road, but the Titans have shown they can fight through bad halves in the past and that was the hope for IU South Bend exiting the halftime break.
The second half, however, was not much kinder. The Titans managed to raise their shooting percentage to a not-quite-blistering 35%, but it did little to help them, especially down the stretch. Roosevelt dropped to just under 40% shooting in the second half but maintained control of the boards, which was ultimately one of the deciding factors in this contest. The Lakers finished with a huge 47-24 advantage on the glass for the game. Despite the ugly shooting, IU South actually held a six point lead with about seven minutes to play, but at that point the Lakers locked in on D and made a couple timely threes to capture the lead and ultimately the game.
The pitiful performance was a team effort for IU South Bend, with not a single player shooting 50% from the field or grabbing more than 5 rebounds. Although the Titans only turned the ball over 7 times, they also finished the game with only 9 assists as a team on their 17 field goals. Roosevelt was led by Joe Harks with 19 points and Brandyn Denson, who scored only 4 points but nearly outrebounded the entire Titan team, finishing with 15.
The loss drops IU South Bend to 5-2 (3-2 CCAC) on the year. They are next in action this Saturday as they head out on the road to play against Trinity Christian at 4pm.