South Bend, IN – Another strong performance from the IU South Bend bench propelled the Titans to a 69-60 victory over the Blue Devils of Lawrence Tech University. Mark White (Muncie, IN) came off the bench and led the Titans in scoring with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Zac Rea (Cambridge City, IN) turned in a career day, as he also came off the bench, scoring 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting including three triples.
A lethargic start for the Titans seemed as if it were going to set the tone for the remainder of the game. However, trailing 14-2, the Titans would score 10 unanswered points to get right back in the game. Rea drained a three point basket to bring the Titans within one point of the Blue Devils lead, and then White followed by sinking a pair from the charity stripe to give the Titans their first lead of the game at 17-16 with 9:36 to play in the half.
With 6:16 left in the half, the Blue Devils opened up a six point lead but the Titans would storm back to cut the LTU deficit to one point when White stepped back and swished a three pointer on the kick out from Brandon Beam (Borden, IN) with just over four minutes left in the half. Lawrence Tech would sustain the Titans threat to take a 35-31 lead into the half.
White led the Titans with 15 points in the opening half, while Beacher Ward (Indianapolis, IN) chipped in with seven points.
The Titans could not find an answer for the Blue Devils three point threat Jake Mullin as he was 3-of-5 from long range in the half.
The Titans came out of the locker room and used an 8-0 run that included two baskets from Beam to take a 39-35 advantage. The Blue Devils would contest the lead, but every time they did, the Titans had an answer for them. Rea would give the Titans an eight point lead when he cashed in White's kick out for another triple with 9:20 left in the game. The Titans would not surrender their lead for the duration of the game as they picked up their third victory of the year.
Ward finished the game with 13 points to go along with eight rebounds, five of which were offensive. White dished out four assists to go with his game-high 17 points.
As a team, the Titans turned what could have been a sour shooting night into a decent night shooting, as they shot 35.2% from the field, including a 46% mark in the second half.
The Titans will hit the hardwood again next Friday as they travel to Purdue Calumet for a CCAC battle with the Peregrines. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m. EST