JOLIET, Ill. – For the second time this season, the Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team takes down a ranked opponent. This time, it's the 15th ranked Fighting Saints of the University of Saint Francis. After letting one slip away in overtime at home against USF, the Titans got it done in regulation on the road with a 67-65 victory on Wednesday night.
Every player that saw the floor tonight for the Titans scored at least two points led by Jacob Foster (FR/Muncie, Ind.) who netted 14 points.
IU South Bend, the nation's leader in 3-point field goals made per contest found a different way to win tonight as they shot just 27 percent from long range.
The Titan defense forced Saint Francis into 13 turnovers which resulted in 18 points for the offense.
T.J. Benner (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) and Jacob Foster put the Titans in front 8-0 in the early goings with back-to-back 3-pointers. Just moments later, IU South Bend boosted their lead back to nine points on a fast break layup from Mark White (JR/Muncie, Ind.). White finished with nine points and a career-tying seven assists.
Brandon Beam (JR/Borden, Ind.) gave the Titans their first double digit lead with a pair of free throws with 6:38 left in the first half. IU South Bend would hold a ten-point lead with 1:46 to play but the Fighting Saints netted the last five points of the half to trail by just five entering the break.
The Titans did not surrender the lead until USF went up by one with just 1:00 to play in the game. Javonte Young (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) cashed in a pair of free throws with 40 seconds to put the Titans back in front.
White picked up his lone steal of the night, forcing USF to foul quickly sending Beam to the line for one-and-one. After converting the first one and missing the back end, USF had the ball with 13 seconds and a chance to tie or win the game but could not convert.
Young finished with 12 points while Benner and Riley Stichter chipped in with 10 apiece.
The Titans will play host to Calumet College of St. Joseph on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 3:00 p.m.