SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Oosha Mitchell netted a team-high 16 points, 12 of which came from the outside as the Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team lost a physical Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game to Purdue University Calumet by a score of 68-59. The Peregrines came into the game shooting just 15 percent from deep, but managed to shoot 37.5 percent to take down the Titans.
The intensity level was through the roof from the moment the ball went into the air for the opening tip-off. On the first possession of the game, Jacob Foster and Mitchell both blocked a Purdue Calumet shot.
Purdue Calumet jumped out to an early 7-2 lead but Mitchell got the hot hand and knocked down back-to-back triples to bring the Titans within one point of the Peregrine lead (9-8).
Mark White drained another three for the Titans which evened the game at 11 with 13:41 to play in the half.
Noah Allen gave Purdue Calumet their first double-digit lead of the game when he turned a White turnover into a three point basket to put the Peregrines up 21-22 halfway through the opening frame.
IU South Bend captured the lead with a 16-2 run that included three's from Mitchell, T.J. Benner, and Riley Sticther. The run lasted nearly six and a half minutes and was capped off by a second three point basket from Benner.
Taylor Brooks closed out the half with a jumper that gave the Titans a slim 31-30 lead at the break.
The paced picked up for the Titans in the second half as they sprinted out of the game with an 18-5 run to extend their lead to 14 points, their largest of the game.
The lead slowly started to diminish for the Titans and with 4:03 left in the game, the Peregrines regained the lead and would not surrender it for the remainder of the game as they sealed the nine point victory.
IU South Bend committed 21 turnovers in the loss and shot 38.8 percent from the field.
The Titans will return to the hardwood next Saturday as they welcome the Fighting Saints of the University of Saint Francie (IL) to the Student Activities Center. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.