South Bend, IN – In their final home game of the season, the Titans came away with a 71-69 victory over the Purdue University North Central Panthers. Needing just three points to get to 1,000 for his career, Chris Beam (Borden, IN) did not have a problem reaching that as he scored a game-high 18 points.
C. Beam joined the 1,000-point club when he picked up a steal and put in a layup at the 16:53 mark in the first half, making him the 13th player to reach the feat in IUSB men's basketball history.
The Titans saw their largest lead of the half when senior Shane Cook (Elkhart, IN) connected on a three-point attempt to put the Titans up 10 points.
IUSB controlled the remainder of the first half, never letting the Panthers get closer than five points as the Titans would go into the half leading 42-33.
IU South Bend took advantage of the Panther turnovers in the first half as they scored 13 points on 10 PNC turnovers.
In the first 20 minutes, the Titans shot the ball relatively well, converting on 18-of-33 shots from the field and 4-of-12 from beyond the arc.
PNC fought their way back into the game by way of an 11-0 run to take their first lead since the first basket of the game.
IU South Bend battled back and reestablished a six point lead, 58-52 with less than eight minutes to play in the game.
The Titans had their backs against the wall as they trailed by five points, 64-59, with 3:35 showing on the clock, but the Titans went on an 8-0 run that was capped off with a B. Beam put-back after he grabbed the offensive board.
With IUSB leading by just one point, Joe Godfread (Elkhart, IN) knocked down a pair of critical free throws to put the Titans up 69-66. Beacher Ward (Indianapolis, IN) would seal the victory for the Titans when he drained two shots from the free-throw line with 10 seconds to play propelling the Titans to their 12th victory of the season.
Godfread finished the night with 14 points and added three blocks to bring his season total to 52 which leads the CCAC. Jason Jordan scored 12 points in his final showing at the SAC. Jordan Grant (Gary, IN) scored six points off the bench to go along with three monster blocks.
IU South Bend shot 46% from the field in the win and after going 0-for-6 from the three-point line in the second half, the Titans finished the night shooting just 22% from long range.
The Titans head to Olivet Nazarene University on Saturday for their regular season finale. Tip-off is set for 4:00 PM EST in Bourbonnais, Illnois.