SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A buzzer-beating three point basket at the end of the first half turned out to be the difference on Wednesday evening as the Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team fell 78-76 to Trinity International University. The loss was the seventh loss by five points or less this season for the Titans.
In a game that began extremely fast and physical, the Trojans built a commanding 19-7 lead that would quickly diminish by way of a 15-7 run from the Titans to close the gap to just two points at 24-22 with 7:36 left in the first half.
After TIU boosted their lead back to nine points, junior, Brandon Beam (JR/Borden, Ind.) scored seven straight points for the Titans, but the defense could not get a much needed stop and continued to trail by five points.
With time winding down, TIU's Sam Salem threw up a last second attempt from half court and banked it in to send the Trojans into the half with an 11 points lead, 49-27.
The start of the second half looked as if the Trojans were going to run away with the game as they added to their lead, getting it up to 14 points. However, the young Titan team clawed their way back into the game.
Jeremy Jones (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored five straight points for the Titans to cut their deficit to just three points with just over eight minutes to play in the game.
Trailing 71-66, Javonte Young (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) converted a layup that was followed by a huge triple from Mark White (JR/Muncie, Ind.) and a layup from Riley Stichter (JR/Milford, Ind.) to knot the game at 71 with less than two minutes left. Oosha Mitchell (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) gave IU South Bend its first lead of the game, but the Titans could not hang on as they were outscored 7-1 in the final minute of the contest.
Mitchell continued to impress in his freshman season, scoring a game-high 19 points in the loss. Mitchell also collected three steals and five rebounds in the loss. Jacob Foster (FR/Muncie, Ind.) had an efficient night going 6-of-7 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the free throw line for 15 points. Beam added 14 points and Javonte Young chipped in with 10.
The Titans fall to 9-9 and 3-4 in conference play.
Up next for the Titans is No. 21 Robert Morris on Saturday.