SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Looking to respond to a two-game losing streak in conference play the ONU men’s basketball had every chance to do so up 17 early in the second half, but with only 3:55 remaining in the game were outscored 14-4 to lose 65-60. Indiana University-South Bend took advantage of stagnant offensive and pressured on defensive to win the game on Saturday.
Olivet (2-3, 1-3) controlled from the get-go taking an early 22-7 lead after a Torey Laferney (Flint, Mich.) three-pointer. IUSB (5-1, 3-1) did everything they could to close the gap over the next few minutes but The Tigers continue to lead by double figures, 32-19 with only 4:12 remaining. The Titans got within eight with a couple minutes left but Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) put the Tigers back up 11 at the half.
In the first half, Olivet shot 14-for-27 from the field (51.9 percent), 7-for-12 from the three-point line (58.3 percent) and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line (100 percent). They outrebounded IUSB 19-8 and committed nine turnovers. IUSB shot 34.8 percent from the field, 16.7 percent from the three-point line and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line. The Titans committed three first-half turnovers and had one offensive rebound.
As soon as the second half began the Tigers continued to stretch their lead scoring the first seven points of the half. However, from there the Titans took control immediately applying pressure and getting with five only seven minutes later after a 15-3 run. Eventually at the 6:01 mark they took the lead after a Kyle Heatherly jumper. ONU scored six straight to take a five-point lead with 3:55 left but IUSB retook control scoring 14 of the final 18 points to win by five.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) led the Tigers with 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also had 10 rebounds in 32 minutes, good for his third double-double.
Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with19 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the three-point line. He also had six rebounds in 39 minutes.
Sophomore Tony Banks (Peoria, Ill.) finished with 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.
Chris Beam led the Saints with 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from the three-point line and 5-for-7 shooting from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and three assists. Kyle Heatherly finished with 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting and five rebounds. Steven Heatherly added 11 points and three rebounds and Joe Godfread finished with four points and seven rebounds.
Overall, the Tigers shot 23-for-58 from the field (39.7 percent), 7-for-20 from the three-point line (35 percent) and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line (87.5 percent). They outrebounded Holy Cross 36-23, committed only 12 turnovers and totaled 14 assists, and nine offensive rebounds.
IUSB, meanwhile, shot 21-for-50 from the field (42 percent), 6-for-17 from beyond the arc (35.3 percent) and 17-for-22 from the free-throw line (77.3 percent). The Titans had 12 assists, three turnovers, four offensive rebounds and eight steals.
Worner has made 130career three-pointers, good for 16th all-time, eight behind Jeff Park and Ryan Paxson (138) for 14th.
The Tigers will be back in conference action at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at home against Purdue University-North Central.