SOUTH BEND, Ind. - On Wednesday night, the Indiana University South Bend men's hoops team battled cross-town rival Holy Cross College in a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup. The game featured 17 lead changes and four ties, but it was the Saints who came out on top with a 71-59 victory over the Titans.
Oosha Mitchell (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) put the Titans on the board with a three-point basket on the first possession of the game. Mitchell finished with a team-high 13 points in 29 minutes of action.
Holy Cross' Drew Moore had the hot-hand in the first half, going 4-of-7 from long distance and keeping the Saints within striking distance.
Trailing 31-29 with 21 seconds left, the Saints' O'Brien Hobbs threw up a half-court three-pointer that was negated by an IU South Bend foul. Hobbs converted three free throws to send the Saints into the break with a 34-29 advantage.
T.J. Benner (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) got the Titans within one when he drained a triple with 15:28 left in the game. The Saints' Moore struck again with a 3-pointer of his own to boost the Holy Cross lead to four points, but Mitchell would drain a three to bring the Titans within one-point.
Holy Cross extended their lead to nine points with 4:40 and the Titans would not be able to battle back.
Up next for the Titans will Purdue University Calumet on Saturday. In the first meeting this season, the Titans fell 68-59. Tipoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.
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