By: Lucas Packer
There are really no words to describe the way the Titans dismantled the visiting Crimson Wave of Calumet College at St. Joseph today in the Student Activities Center on the campus of IU South Bend. There was never a question in this one as IU South Bend ran away from CCSJ early and kept the pedal on the gas throughout. The first half was an exercise in defensive intensity and hot shooting, as the Titans shot nearly 60% from field while committing only 3 turnovers and held the visitors to a lowly 22% from the field. Alanzo Bass was the star of the show in the opening stanza and he was on fire from downtown, knocking down 6/6 from long-range on his way to 18 first half points. At the break, IU South Bend led 46-16 and the game was essentially over already.
The second half was much of the same as the Titans blew the game open by as much as 40. It was a great team performance as multiple players found their way into the boxscore. IU South Bend shot 50% from the field in the second and continued to play solid defense, holding CCSJ to just 32% shooting. By game's end, IU South Bend had shot 55% while limiting the Wave to just 29%. The Titans outscored the visitors 36-27 in the second to give us our final score.
For the game, Alanzo Bass finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals, Austin Fox pitched in with a great all-around effort as he tallied19 points, hauled down 7 rebounds and dished out 5 assists, and Steven Heatherly dropped in 15 points and snagged 3 steals. Mark White continued his solid play as the starting point guard, as he dished out 6 assists against just 1 turnover and grabbed 3 steals. Joe Godfread made his mark as well, especially in the second half. In only 12 minutes of play the freshman big man pulled down 6 rebounds and blocked 5 shot. For CCSJ, they got 9 points and 8 rebounds from Franqulin Gatson in the losing effort. Not a single Crimson Wave player scored in double figures.
With the win the Titans have now won 17 games (against just 9 losses), the most in school history in a single season, and with a 14-6 conference mark still hold on to third place in the CCAC with St. Francis nipping at their heels. They are next in action on February 6th as they face off at home against Judson College. The game is slated for a 7:30pm tip-off in the SAC. For those unable to attend the game will broadcast LIVE at www.iusbtitans.com.