SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The third-seeded Indiana University South Bend men’s basketball team kept its season alive with a 59-point second half performance to lift the Titans to a 108-70 win over Indiana University Northwest in the quarterfinals of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Wednesday night, Feb. 26. IUSB saw six players reach double figures in the contest.
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With the win, IU South Bend improved to 23-8 on the season and earned a semifinal matchup with No. 2 seed and crosstown rival at Holy Cross Friday night, Feb. 28.
IU South Bend saw its seven-point advantage slip to 12-all after a missed Titan opportunity that led to a three on the other end with 13:16 to play in the first. Both teams would trade buckets for the next two minutes until a Donyell Meredith II jumper put the Crimson & Cream up one, 18-17, with 11:22 to go. The jumper would jump start the IUSB offense, outscoring the RedHawks 31-20 in the remainder of the half.
The first was highlighted by a three-pointer at the buzzer from senior Myles Simmons off the assist from Dylan Allen that put the half tally at 49-37 in favor of the Titans.
Sophomore guard Kenny Washington sunk a pair of freebies to put the Titans up to their largest lead of the game at 41 with just under five to play. Freshman Sam Snodgrass came in off the bench and scored the final bucket of the game as IUSB ran away with the 108-70 victory.
Allen led IU South Bend with a game-high 23 points, followed by Meredith with 19, Miguel Mahan with 13, Kourtlandt Martin with 12 and Miles Tracy and Washington with 11 and 10 respectively. Junior Norell Smith grabbed a team-high nine rebounds while Allen registered a game-high four takeaways.
As a team IUSB knocked down just six threes on 20 attempts, while going 37-for-71 from the floor overall and 28-of-37 at the charity stripe. IUN finished 25-for-69 from the field and went 9-of-28 from three-point range. The Titans held the 46-40 advantage on the glass and recorded 16 steals to IUN’s six. IU South Bend forced 18 turnovers, cashing them in for 28 points, and committed just eight of their own.
IU South Bend will look to advance to its first CCAC Tournament Championship game since 2016 when it squares off with second-seeded Holy Cross, who is also ranked No. 9 in the latest NAIA DII poll, Friday night, Feb. 28.