Whiting, IN – In a game that went back-and-forth for the majority of the contest, the Titans came out on the winning end by a score of 65-57 on Saturday afternoon over Calumet College of St. Joseph's. Trailing by four with just over three minutes to play, IUSB ended the game on a 13-2 run for their 12th win of the season. Jason Jordan (South Bend, IN) led all Titans scorers with 14 points.
IU South Bend controlled the majority of the first half, leading by as many as 11 points with 11:07 left in the half.
CCSJ fought their way back into the game with a 10-1 run that was capped off by a Franqlin Gatson three-point basket to make it a one possession game, 19-17 with 6:14 showing on the clock. Gatson then followed when a pair of free throws after the foul from Joe Godfread (Elkhart, IN).
Marcus Moody gave the Crimson Wave their first lead of the game with a jumper after a Titan missed three-point basket.
CCSJ outscored the Titans 10-6 in the final 3:38 of the opening half and would take a 31-27 advantage into the halftime.
IUSB shot 31% from the field in the half. The Titans could not find their range from beyond the arc as they shot a dismal 9% in the first 20 minutes.
Chris Beam (Borden, IN) led the Titans in scoring with seven points in the half.
At the 14:29 mark in the second frame, the Titans evened the game at 36 for the fifth tie of the game when Jordan Grant (Gary, IN) knocked down a pair from the free-throw line.
Consecutive baskets from Riley Stichter (Milford, IN) and Grant gave the Titans a five point edge with 11:27 remaining in the game. The Crimson Wave would get the IUSB lead down to one point but a close range jumper from Zac Rea (Cambridge City, IN) and a Stichter basket put the Titans up five points once again.
With 7:14 left in the game, CCSJ tied the game for the sixth time of the afternoon, this time at 49. Robert Jackson of CCSJ gave the Crimson Wave a 52-50 lead with 6:37 to play.
IU South Bend's defensive pressure would pick up, allowing CCSJ to score just five more points in the final six minutes of action while the Titans scored 15 more points to come away with a 65-57 victory on the road.
C. Beam ended the game with 13 points while Grant chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Titans took care of the ball committing just nine turnovers on the day while forcing CCSJ into 12.
IUSB will return to the Student Activities Center for their final home game of the season on Wednesday as they welcome Purdue North Central. Chris Beam and Shane Cook (Elkhart, IN) will be honored for their years of dedication to IU South Bend men's basketball. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.