LA PORTE, Ind. – A run in the final minutes from Purdue North Central was enough to hand the Indiana University South Bend men's basketball team its 12th loss of the season. In their Chicagoland regular season finale on the road, the Titans fell 72-67 to the Panthers in the final PNC basketball game at the La Porte Civic Auditorium.
The opening minutes of the contest were extremely sloppy as four of the first five possessions resulted in turnovers. IU South Bend finished with 16 turnovers in the loss which is nearly five more than what they are averaging on the season. However, they forced the Panthers into 15 turnovers.
At the 12:00 minute mark, senior guard Mark White (SR/Muncie, Ind.) evened the game at 15. Over the next six minutes PNC outscored the Titans 13-5 to take an eight point advantage. Just over a minute later the Titans had the Panther lead cut down to one point and would later regain the lead on a triple from T.J. Benner (SO/Mishawaka, Ind.).
After the Panthers knotted the game at 30 IU South Bend netted the final four points of the first half to take a 34-30 lead into the break.
The first 18 minutes of the second half were tight as neither team held a lead larger than four points. That span also featured three ties and seven lead changes.
It was the home team who prevailed holding IU South Bend to just four points over the final four minutes of the game.
White scored the final basket of the game and finished with a career-high 22 points on a career-high 11 field goal attempts. White also dished out five assists in the loss.
Up next for the Titans is the regular season finale as they host No. 2 Saint Francis University on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. In their last meeting in Joliet, Illinois the Titans lost a close 78-75 battle.