SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana University South Bend men's basketball squad came out on the wrong end of a slugfest on Tuesday night, falling 74-69 to Calumet College of St. Joseph in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
Over the final three minutes of the game, the Titans (11-5, 4-3) went on a 7-0 run that included six points from Javonte Young. However, every time IU South Bend got within striking distance, the Crimson Wave (11-5, 6-2) hit a big shot to regain the momentum.
Over the first five minutes of the contest the Titans had trouble putting the ball in the hoop but with 14 minutes to play in the half, Myluv Sutton drained a triple to give IU South Bend its first lead of the night. Sutton scored five more points along with a lay-up from Joe Bannister to give the Titans a 14-8 advantage.
It was then the Crimson Wave's turn for a run. With the game even at 16, CCSJ went on a 12-2 spurt to take a 10-point lead, the largest lead for either team in the first half. With three-point baskets from Young, T.J. Benner, and Taylor Brooks the Titans were able to shave the CCSJ lead to five before the break.
CCSJ's defense held the Titans to just four points in the first eight minutes of the second half to extend their lead to 16 points which would be the largest of the game for either team.
When it appeared the game was going to get out of reach for IU South Bend, the defensive pressure increased forcing the Crimson Wave turnover which resulted in points for the Titans. Benner hit a triple with 10 seconds to play trimming the lead to just three points, but CCSJ converted its free throws to seal the CCAC victory over the Titans.
Benner finished with a game-high 21 points. Bannister chipped in with 16 off the bench.
Up next for the Titans will be No. 17 Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.