SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In a pivotal Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Wednesday night, Mark White (SR/Muncie, Ind.) poured in a season-high 19 points to help lead the Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team to a 71-67 victory over visiting Purdue University North Central. The win snapped a three-game skid for the Titans dating back to December 29, 2015.
Slow starts have been the story of the season for the Titans and tonight was no different as they fell behind 16-7 through the first six and a half minutes of the contest. Joe Bannister (FR/Crown Point, Ind. ) sparked a 9-0 IU South Bend run that evened the game at 16. Bannister scored five of his 14 points during the run.
After back-to-back empty possessions, one for each team, the Panthers' Mike Martin drained a triple to put PNC back ahead, 19-16. Martin finished with a game-high 20 points.
The Panthers continued to fend off the Titans offensive attack for the rest of the first half to carry a four-point edge into the break.
Five minutes into the final frame, White nabbed a steal and looked ahead to Javonte Young (SR/Mishawaka, Ind.) for a lay-up to knot the contest at 45 apiece. Minutes later, Bannister drained a pair of free throws to give IU South Bend its first lead of the game with 13:24 to play.
It was a back-and-forth battle the rest of the way with neither team leading by more than four points. With 4:08 to play, White drove to the rim and drew a foul, getting the basket to fall for a chance at the three-point play. The made free throw gave IU South Bend a two-point cushion they would never surrender.
With the win the Titans move to 12-7 overall on the season and 5-5 in CCAC play. The Titans will hit the road this weekend as they travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to take on CCAC foe, Cardinal Stritch University.
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