DAVENPORT, Iowa — The No. 11 seed Indiana University Northwest men’s basketball team busted more brackets on Thursday as the near four hour trip did not slow down the RedHawks as they picked up a huge 96-75 victory against No. 3 seed St. Ambrose.
IU Northwest (7-8) | St. Ambrose (15-6)
IU NORTHWEST LEADERS
Points: Jared Johnson (27)
Rebounds: Jared Johnson (6)
Assists: Jerron Tatum (7)
Blocks: Jared Johnson, Jason Peace (1)
Steals: Marshaud Watkins (2)
Both teams traded early leads and some ties in between. Jerron Tatum made a huge three-pointer to make it 17-11 early in the first half.
St. Ambrose made things close after scoring the next five points to make it 17-16 IU Northwest. The RedHawks would hold onto a slim lead the next few minutes.
Moments later, Marshaud Watkins and Jared Johnson made back-to-back three-pointers to make it 34-24 IU Northwest with 4:47 left in the first half. Back-to-back baskets by Watkins and Nick Passino gave the RedHawks a 45-29 lead at the break.
Louis Williams knocked down a huge three-pointer to start the second half to make it 48-29 which was a huge momentum swing for the RedHawks. The entire second half was dominated by the RedHawks.
IU Northwest led 55-36 with 14:45 to go in the game then it turned into the Jared Johnson show as the junior scored eight in a row to give the RedHawks a 25-point lead with with 13:24 to go in the game.
The Fighting Bees tried to make a comeback as SAU made it 65-51 with under 10 minutes to play. Damond Crosby put an end to that run with a three-pointer for a 17-point lead.
Tatum kept adding to the RedHawks lead as the junior hit a huge three-pointer to make it 91-60 with 3:29 left in the game. IU Northwest ended up winning 96-75.
IU Northwest will be back in action Saturday, February 27 as the RedHawks host No. 15 seed and fellow IU-school Indiana University South Bend at the Savannah Center. Game time is TBA.