By: Lucas Packer
The IU South Bend men's basketball team welcomed the Saints of Holy Cross into the SAC tonight and after a slow start dominated the visitors by a final score of 75-53. Steven Heatherly had a huge game for the Titans, carrying IU South Bend to victory behind his 25 points. It was a great team win for IU South Bend as they avenged the one-point loss the Saints gave them early in this 2012-13 season. This time it was all Titans and they left no question down the stretch in finishing off the visitors.
The first half started slow for IU South Bend as they tried to find some rhythm on both ends against the size of the Saints frontline. In fact, the Titans fell behind 7-0 in the early minutes. Then, it all seemed to come together for IU South Bend. On the defensive end they harassed the bigs of Holy Cross, causing them to become visibly frustrated, and on the offensive end the Titans played aggressively and together, routinely finding each other for easy shots. After falling behind early IU South Bend came roaring back to take a 34-25 lead at the intermission. The Titans shot 50% from the field in the half while holding the Saints to just 35%. The second half was even better for IU South Bend as they jumped on Holy Cross early and never relented. The Titans outscored the Saints 41-28 in the second half on an otherworldly 63% from the field. Holy Cross shot a very respectable 52% themselves in the half but it just wasn't enough. The energy and momentum all belonged to IU South Bend as they finished the game out.
After Steven Heatherly's 25, Alanzo Bass added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Austin Fox scored 10 points on 4/6 shooting from the field and added 4 steals. Kyle Heatherly, Chris Beam and Riley Stichter all pitched in with 8 points a piece in a great all-around team effort by the Titans. The Saints were led by Brandon Evans with 16 points and 7 rebounds. At game's end, IU South Bend had shot 56% from the field while holding Holy Cross to 44% and won the rebounding battle 24-20.
The win improves the Titans to 13-7 on the year, including 10-4 in conference play, good enough to maintain their hold on third place in the CCAC. They are next in action on Saturday as they travel to face off against Purdue North Central.