Chicago, IL – The IU South Bend men's basketball team traveled to Roosevelt University on Monday night for the opening round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. In the first meeting, the Titans came away with a 68-67 victory by way of a Jason Jordan (South Bend, IN) jumper at the buzzer. The sight was all too familiar tonight, as the game came down to the wire but the Lakers came out on top this time by a score of 73-68 in overtime.
The opening half featured six ties and six lead changes and with the score tied at 20 apiece with 8:05 remaining in the half, the Titans would score just three more points as they went into the halftime trailing by a score of 30-23.
The fouls were lopsided in the first half as the Lakers reached the bonus with 6:15 left to play in the half. At this point in the game the fouls read seven for the Titans and just one foul Roosevelt. The half would end with IUSB committing nine fouls to the Lakers' three and RU shot nine free throws, connecting on just five.
The Titans won the first half rebounding battle, 19-18 while shooting 33% from the field in the half.
Roosevelt built a 10 point advantage at the 16:33 mark in the second half, but the Titans quickly erased that deficit with an 11-2 run to make the score 38-37.
IU South Bend regained the lead with 11:40 to play when Jordan Grant (Gary, IN) knocked down a jumper from close range. This lead was the Titans' first lead since the 9:49 mark in the first half.
Both teams would trade baskets until it was deadlocked at 55, that's when the Titans stepped up and got baskets from Grant and Jordan to give then a four point cushion with the game winding down. However, seven straight points from Roosevelt's Tyree York turned the tide, giving the Lakers a 62-61 advantage with seven seconds left in regulation.
After the made free throw, Chris Beam pushed the ball up the floor and pulled up at the free throw line, drawing the foul with .4 seconds on the clock. After Beam's first free throw rimmed out, he drained the second one, forcing the game into overtime.
IU South Bend seemed to be running out of gas in the extra period as the Lakers went up six points with just over two minutes to play. After a three-point play from Grant, that brought the Titans within three, the Lakers hit a pair of free throws to put RU back up five points. Brandon Beam (Borden, IN) then scored his 18th and final point of the game to cut the RU lead to three points with 1:41 left.
The Titans had three chances to cut into the RU lead but could not find the baskets as they fell 73-68 in the opening round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
Chris and Brandon Beam each finished the game with 18 points, Chris also dished out a team-high six assists in the loss. Jordan finished with 13 points and six rebounds while Grant chipped in with 11 points off the bench.
The Titans finish the 2013-14 season with a 12-18 record.