ARLINGTON, Ill. – For the first time since November 2012, the Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team has knocked off a ranked team with an 86-80 victory over No. 25 Robert Morris University on Saturday afternoon. The Titans connected on 11 three-pointers on their way to shooting 48% from the field.
Falling behind early, 4-0, the Titans took their first lead of the contest after Oosha Mitchell (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored five straight points including the first of six Titan three point shots.
Just minutes later, junior Mark White (JR/Muncie, Ind.) gave IU South Bend a three-point lead with his first triple of the day. The Eagles then scored the next four points, but IU South Bend's T.J. Benner (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) knocked down another triple to put the Titans back in front, 16-14 with 13:35 to go in the half.
IU South Bend continued to have the hot hand as Javonte Young (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) put the Titans ahead five points with a 3-pointer and then Jeremy Jones (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) got in on the action and gave IU South Bend their largest lead of the half with a three at the 8:49 mark.
With the Titans leading by two points with 2:49 to play, the Eagles ended the half on a 10-2 run to take a 45-39 lead into the intermission.
Early in the second half, Jacob Foster (FR/Muncie, Ind.) got the Titans within one point when he drove to the basket, drawing a foul and getting the ball to fall and would then convert the free throw for the three-point play.
After going back-and-forth for most of the second half, a Mitchell triple gave the Titans a two-point lead they would never relinquish.
With 8:13 left in the game, Taylor Brooks (FR/Granger, Ind.) gave IU South Bend an eight-point lead, their largest of the game, but the Eagles would trim that lead to just two points after a jumper from Maurice Williams.
Riley Stichter (JR/Milford, Ind.) drained a back-breaking three-point basket with 1:37 left play that put IU South Bend in front by five points. Stichter finished the game with six points, all from beyond the arc.
The Titans got a great performance from their bench as it accounted for 21 points led by Mark White who finished with 11 points while Jones added eight points in the win.
Next for the Titans will be Olivet Nazarene on Monday in Bourbonnais, Illinois.