SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Javonte Young (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) had the hot hand on Friday night as the Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team defeated Purdue University North Central, 84-74 to move to 7-7 overall and 3-2 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Young finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting including 6-of-8 from the three point line.
The Titans shot 45 percent from the field on the night and out-rebounded the Panthers 39-25. From long distance the Titans were 13-of-33 in the win.
Oosha Mitchell (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) added 15 points and six rebounds in the win while Branon Beam chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds. Freshman Jacob Foster (FR/Muncie, Ind.) was the fourth Titan in double figures with 12 points, eight of which came from the free throw line.
Three point baskets started pouring in from the tip-off as Mitchell drained one followed by another from T.J. Benner (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) and Brandon Beam (JR/Borden, Ind.) to give the Titans an early 9-3 edge which did not last long as Purdue North Central scored eight unanswered points to take their first lead of the game.
After trading baskets, the Panthers opened up a five point lead that was quickly erase by back-to-back triples from Taylor Brooks (FR/Granger, Ind.) and Jeremy Jones (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) to put the Titans up 30-29 with 5:18 left in the first half.
The Panthers' Caleb Brannon connected on a 3-pointer to give Purdue North Central a seven-point lead, their largest of the half but the Titans answered with four consecutive points to head into the break trailing 41-38.
Defensively the Titans picked up their pressure in the second half and quickly turned a five-point deficit into a 10 point lead by way of an 18-3 run just five minutes into the second half.
Purdue North Central chipped away at the Titan lead and eventually got within three with 12:49 remaining. Kendric Lee cut the IU South Bend lead to just one point with 11:29 to play, but the Titans withstood the Panther threat and extended their lead back to nine points with 6:00 left on the clock.
The Titans did not look back in the final minutes on their way to an 84-74 victory over the Panthers.
Purdue North Central had four players register double digits led by Cody Nelms with 16 points.
IU South Bend will have an 11 day break before their next game. The Titans will welcome Mount Vernon Nazarene University to the Student Activities Center on New Year's Eve with the tipoff coming at 4:00 p.m.