MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Indiana University South Bend men's basketball squad made the 2.3 mile drive across town on Tuesday night to battle the Bethel College Pilots, ranked No. 22 in the NAIA Preseason Polls. After nearly topping the country in three-point field goals made last season, the Titans picked up right where they left off, draining 15 3-pointers against the Pilots in a 103-84 loss.
Javonte Young (SR/Mishawaka, Ind.) led the Titans offensive attack, converting on five-of-eight three pointers, finishing with 23 points. Jeremy Jones (SO/Fort Wayne, Ind.) added 14 off the bench for the Titans, including four triples.
Riley Stichter (SR/Milford, Ind.) notched a double-double, scoring 18 points to go along with 14 rebounds.
Young was on fire in the first five minutes of the game, scoring nine of the Titans' first 12 points. IU South Bend led the Pilots up to the 11:57 mark in the opening half, but a 13-1 run from Bethel quickly turned a one-point advantage into a 10-point deficit with 9:50 left in the half.
Trailing 29-19, the Titans roared back into the game and got within four points after Stichter drew a foul and got the basket to fall, later converting the free throw for the three-point play.
At the break, the Titans trailing 50-40.
A 7-2 run to start the half, put the Titans within reach of the Pilots. However, the Pilots answered with an 8-0 run to regain control of the game.
The Pilots remained in control for the duration of the contest, handing the Titans their first of the season.
IU South Bend will return to action on Saturday night as they host Andrews University on Halloween night at 8:00 p.m.