South Bend, IN – After allowing the Peregrines to shoot over 60% in the first half, the Titans held PUC to just 39% in the second half but it wasn't enough as the Titans fell to PUC 77-62 on Saturday afternoon. The Titans grabbed an early four point lead but could not contain the Peregrines hot shooting.
The Titans jumped out to an early 10-6 advantage but the Peregrines would take the lead when Noah Allen drove to the basket, drawing contact and finishing the three-point play at the free-throw line. This was a lead that the Peregrines would not relinquish.
The Titans would face a deficit as high as 18 points in the first half, but they would battle their way back and cut the PUC lead to 13 with 51 seconds left in the opening frame. However, the Peregrines would push their lead back to 18 points as both teams headed towards the locker room.
In the first couple minutes of the second half, the Titans picked up their intensity as they exploded on a 10-0 run to cut the PUC lead to just eight points.
With 5:23 left in the game, the Titans trailed by 11 points, 67-56. The Peregrines then went on an 8-1 run to extend their lead back to 18 points.
Eight points is as close as the Titans would be able to get to the Peregrines lead. The Titans would threaten but PUC would have an answer for the remainder of the game.
The Titans will return to the hardwood Monday as they welcome Trinity Christian with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m.