By: Lucas Packer
The Titan men put together their most dominant win of the season tonight, blasting the visiting Peregrines of Purdue University Calumet by a final score of 69-50. With a revamped starting lineup, it was an impressive wire-to-wire victory for IU South Bend and a great team effort as multiple players contributed to the cause. In the end, IU South Bend shot a blistering 61% from the field for the game, including an unheard of 68% in the second half, while holding the visitors to just 40% for the game. The Titans also forced 19 turnovers while committing only 12 themselves and dished out 18 assists as a team. The only thing close about this game was the rebounding battle, which IU South Bend won 23-22.
IU South Bend was led in the effort by their three seniors and their all-conference junior guard, Chris Beam, who poured in a team high 20 points to go with 4 rebounds. Brothers Steven and Kyle Heatherly played well, with Steve scoring 15, including two big three-pointers to start the game, and snagging 5 steals while Kyle finished with 16 points and 4 assists in his first start of the year. Senior point guard Alanzo Bass played his typical all-around game, scoring 7 points to go with 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. The Peregrines were led in the loss by Gordon Warren with 13 points.
The win is the third in a row for the Titans and improves them to 9-5 on the year, including 7-3 in conference play, which puts them squarely in third place in the CCAC. From here, they get a small break for the holiday before embarking on a road trip to compete in the Columbia University Tournament in Columbia, MO on December 29 and 30.