SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A strong all-around effort and lights out shooting from Indiana University South Bend men’s basketball led the Titans to a convincing 112-59 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Trinity International Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1 inside the Student Activities Center. With the win, IUSB moved its winning streak to five and is now 17-7 overall and 11-5 during league play.
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The victory Saturday afternoon gave head coach Scott Cooper his 98th career win at the helm. The seventh year head coach now holds the most wins in Titan men’s basketball program history as the Titans also take sole possession of third place in the league standings.
The all-around scoring effort showed in the scorebook Saturday, as every single IUSB player scored against the Trojans. Junior guard Norell Smith led IU South Bend’s double-digit scoring efforts with a team-high 19 points on an impressive 7-of-8 shooting, including a near perfect 4-of-5 shooting from three, to go along with six rebounds. Junior transfer Sergio Diaz added a career-high 17 points while sophomore Donyell Meredith II chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.
Indiana University South Bend went an astonishing 26-for-31 (83.9 percent) in the first half. For the game, the Titans shot a single-game program record 71.9 percent (46-for-64) from the floor which broke the previous record of 52.0 percent that occurred back during the 2003-04 season. On the flip side, the IUSB defense held the Trojans to 21-of-65 from the floor and just 6-of-26 from distance.
IUSB wasted little time getting out in front as Smith converted on a monster dunk to put the Titans up eight, 20-12, with 13:01 to play in the first half. The points sparked a 40-17 run that spanned the remainder of the stanza, sending IU South Bend into the half with a 60-29 advantage.
The Titans did not waver in the second half, going up by as many as 55. Sophomore Kenny Washington and freshman Sam Snodgrass made the most of their time on the floor. Snodgrass scored a career-high eight points off 4-of-5 shooting, including a high-flying tip slam, to go along with a career-high four rebounds. Washington added seven points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes.
IU South Bend held a commanding 38-29 advantage on the glass and dished out season-high 26 assists, the most as a team since the 2016-17 season. The Titans forced 14 turnovers and turned the miscues into 27 points, while the IUSB’s bench outscored Trinity International’s 53-20.
With its first home game during the month of February in the rearview mirror, Indiana University South Bend travels to St. Ambrose on Monday, Feb. 3 before making the short trip over to Roosevelt University on Wednesday, Feb. 5.