2013-14 Men's Basketball Season in Review
The 2013-14 season saw the start of the Scott Cooper coaching era at Indiana University South Bend and also saw the end of a senior class that won 59 game in their stint at IUSB.
Like most seasons, 2013-14 was full of ups and downs. The season began with a three point victory over Ohio Mid-Western University as part of the Haunted Hoops Tournament held at IU South Bend. In the win the Titans scored 97 points which turned out to be their season-high.
In the next five games, the Titans came out on the losing end, including losses to eventual No. 2 Indiana University Southeast and then No. 9 Bethel College. IUSB ended their five game skid with a 90-77 victory over Brescia University.
Following a tough loss in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener against cross-town rival Holy Cross College, the Titans bounced back to defeat Lawrence Technological University just after Thanksgiving.
The month of December began with an 84-82 loss to CCAC foe Purdue Calumet. However, the Titans rebounded well and went on a three game winning streak that included their first CCAC win over Calumet College of St. Joseph's, IU Kokomo, and Purdue North Central.
With a loss to Indiana Tech, the Titans finished the 2013 portion of their schedule with a 6-8 record after starting 1-5.
January appeared to be the toughest month on the schedule for the Titans as they face three NAIA Division II top 25 teams including defending National Champion and No. 1 ranked Cardinal Stritch University. One of IUSB's two wins in January came at Roosevelt University. The Titans came away with a 68-67 victory after sinking a shot at the buzzer.
To finish the regular season, the Titans went 4-4. During the final eight games, the Titans picked up wins over Judson, Trinity Christian, Purdue North Central, and CCSJ. IUSB finished the regular season with a 12-17 overall record and 8-11 CCAC record.
The Titans' 8-11 CCAC record earned them the top wild card see in the CCAC Tournament. IUSB traveled back to Roosevelt University for the quarterfinal round of the tournament. With the first meeting between these teams going down to the wire, this matchup was no different. In a game that featured 11 ties and 14 lead changes, the Titans had an opportunity to win the game in regulation but could not do so. The Lakers outscored the Titans 11-6 in the overtime period to win 73-68 and advance in the tournament.
2013-14 Notes & Highlights
- As a team, the Titans blocked 122 shots which broke the record for most blocked shots in a season set by the 1996-97 Titans with 113.
- Joe Godfread blocked 55 shots which are tied for third most in a single season. Godfread now has 82 blocks in just two seasons, ranking him third on the career list.
- Chris Beam became the 13th member of the 1,000-point club with an 18 point performance against Purdue North Central on "senior night."
- The Titans played in nine games decided by five or fewer points. In those games, the Titans went 4-5.
- IUSB led the CCAC in free throw percentage (72.2%) and was second in blocked shots per game (4.1).