LA PORTE, Ind. – The 3-pointer has been reliable for the Indian University South Bend men's basketball team all season. The Titans rank No. 3 in the NAIA in 3-pointers made per game but could not get them to fall tonight, going 7 for 35 from long distance in a 74-63 loss to Purdue University North Central.
Tonight, the Titans' first three field goals came from beyond the arc but 3's were hard to come by from that point on, hitting just four triples the rest of the night.
Mark White (JR/Muncie, Ind.) led a trio of Titans in double figures with 14 points to go along with nine rebounds, three steals, and three assists.
Purdue North Central who is second to last in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference shot 36 percent from downtown in the win.
White put the Titans in front 11-8; however, IU South Bend had trouble finding the bottom of the net as the Panthers went on a back-breaking 18-2 run that was ended by a Jordan Grant (JR/Gary, Ind.) layup off a Javonte Young (JR/Mishawaka, Ind.) assist. Young finished with 13 points and a team-high five assists.
IU South Bend sliced into the PNC lead just before half when White went the length of the court for a layup to send the Titans into the break facing a nine-point deficit.
Jacob Foster (FR/Muncie, Ind.) scored the first six points of the second frame to bring the Titans within four points, at 36-32 just three minutes into the half. Foster netted 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Minutes later, Young netted four straight points to make it a two-point game, 41-39. This was the Titans' smallest deficit since the 10:41 mark in the first half.
Purdue North Central went on an 8-0 spurt to boost its lead to 10 points with 11:17 left to play in the final half.
T.J. Benner (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) followed a missed shot with a tip-in to make the score 54-49, but the Panthers responded with another 8-0 run to take a 13-point advantage that would never be relinquished.
The Titans got to the foul line just eight times, connecting on six attempts while the Panthers shot 17-of-22 from the line.
Up next for the Titans will be their regular season finale on Saturday as the host No. 22 Olivet Nazarene University. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m.