UNIONTOWN, Pa. – A late run from the No. 1 seed Daemen College was the difference on Wednesday afternoon as the Wildcats slid past the No. 8 seed, Indiana University South Bend in the quarterfinal round of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division I National Championship.
3-pointers were falling for the Titans, connecting on 13 of 27 attempts from long distance. However, free throws were not going down as IU South Bend made just six of their 12 chances from the line.
Jacob Foster (FR/Muncie, Ind.) led a trio of players in double figures with 16 points including three 3-pointers. Jeremy Jones (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) was a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 12 points while T.J. Benner (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) added 12 points, all of which came from the three point line.
IU South Bend did not have an answer for the USCAA Player of the Year, Daemen's Gerald Beverly who finished with a game-high 21 points and pulled down 19 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots.
The Wildcats went to the free throw line 23 times, cashing in on 20 of those opportunities.
Jones sparked a 14-2 IU South Bend run with three consecutive triples followed by a 3-pointer from Foster and a layup from Mark White (JR/Muncie, Ind.) to give the Titans a 31-20 lead, their largest lead of the game.
Going into the break, IU South Bend held a 331 advantage over the Wildcats.
The Titans did not surrender their lead until there was 8:12 left in the game and the Wildcats took a two-point lead.
Benner put the Titans back in front with 4:59 to go but Daemen pulled ahead for good with 3:13 to go, moving the Wildcats on to the next round of the tournament.
Mark White dished out eight assists in the loss and the Titans assisted on 16 of their 22 field goals.
On Thursday, the Titans will face the No. 5 seed, Florida National University at 11:15 a.m.