SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana University South Bend men’s basketball team used a strong second half, holding off Governors State University to come out victorious 88-82 at home Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23, inside the Student Activities Center. With the win, the Titans are now winners of three straight to improve to 7-3 overall and 3-1 during Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Five different Titans scored in double figures as senior Kourtlandt Martin dropped a team-high 19 points while fellow senior Miguel Mahan added a 13-point, eight rebounds to lead a balanced offensive effort. Sophomore guard Donyell Meredith added a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double while junior Dylan Allen also collected 12 points.
Junior Norell Smith nearly missed out on another double-double off 11 rebounds and nine points. Sophomore Miles Tracy was the final Titan in double digits with 10 points to go along with five rebounds and one block.
The Titans shot a half-low 36.7 percent in the first 20 minutes as the Jaguars held the 37-32 advantage in the first half. IUSB turned on the defense in the second half, forcing GSU to convert just 2-of-15 from behind the arc while converting 18-of-35 from the floor themselves en route to the six-point victory.
As a team, IUSB converted 29-of-65 shots for a 44.6 percent clip compared to GSU’s 42.1 field goal percentage. The Titans held the upperhand from long range draining nine three-pointers to Governors States’ five. The Crimson & Cream held a 50-38 edge on the glass, as well as a 9-8 advantage in steals. IUSB’s bench dominated, outscoring GSU’s bench 31-15.
IU South Bend is back in action Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Trinity Christian College. Tipoff between the Titans and Trolls is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (EST).