SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team took to their court on Halloween night for the regular season opener against Silver Lake College in the second game of the Haunted Hoops Tip-Off Tournament. The Titans came away with an 86-75 victory over the Lakers and move on to the championship game of the tournament to face No. 14 Saint Ambrose University who defeated IU Kokomo in the opening game of the tournament.
Junior transfer Javonte Young made a statement in his first game in a Titan uniform as he finished the night with a game-high 24 points on 5-10 shooting from the field. Young did most of his damage from the free throw line as he connected on 12 of 13 attempts.
Also lighting up the scoreboard was Brandon Beam. Beam scored 22 points including a perfect 9-of-9 from the "charity stripe."
The Titans cashed in on their opportunities from the free throw line, as they went 32-of-37 as a team. In the rebounding battle, the Titans had their way on the boards, pulling down 46, 18 of which were offensive to the Lakers 31 rebounds.
The game began with a bang as Silver Lake's Tyler Wells slammed home a dunk to put the Lakers on the board with a 2-0 lead. The Titans took their first lead of the game when Beam converted on a pair of free throws to give IU South Bend a one point advantage.
Both teams kept the game close as neither team saw a lead larger than five points. The Titans saw their first five-point lead when Brooks drained a triple with just over two minutes to play in the first half.
The Lakers would cut the IU South Bend lead to three points, 42-39 going into halftime.
Coming out of halftime, the Lakers' Eric Roby caught fire from beyond the arc as he connected four times in the first four and a half minutes to give SLC their largest lead of the game to that point, seven points.
The Titans rallied back to cut the Laker lead to just one point at the 9:42 mark when Riley Stichter hit a layup. Young gave IU South Bend the lead back with 8:26 to play when he drained a three after back-to-back offense boards by the Titans.
Beam continued to drive to the basket and get to the free throw line as he gave the Titans a ten point lead, their first double-digit lead of the night with over three minutes to play. That would be all the Titans needed as they kept up the defensive pressure on their way to their first victory of the 2014-15 season.