By: CASEY MCDONALD
The IU South Bend men’s basketball team went up against Wright State-Lake on their home court Nov. 12. The nearly three hour trek brought the 0-5 Lakers to South Bend to go up against our Titans.
Junior guard Jeremy Jones showed he was in his zone on Saturday night when he dropped seven of the team’s 19 threes and was 61 percent in the paint for a 23 point night.
The Titans struggled throughout the first half with personal fouls, as it sent the Lakers to the line on five different occasions with an 80 percent accuracy.
However, the Titans still continued to rack up the points both in the paint and behind the arc. With just under six minutes to go in the first half, Phillip Corthen, a freshman recruit from Muncie Central High School, extended the Titans’ lead to 21 points.
Back and forth fighting between the two teams ended with Senior Avery Harmon, a transfer from the University of Wisconsin Parkside, capping off a 19 point lead with a jump shot to send the Titans to the locker room at halftime 43-24.
Throughout the second half it was smooth sailing for IUSB as they didn’t fall below an 18 point lead for the remainder of the game, tacking on their fifth win of the season with a score of 87-58 over Wright State-Lake.
Behind Jones’s 23 points was Avery Harmon and Sophomore Myluv Sutton, previously from North Side High School, racking up 10 points each, followed by Junior Taylor Brooks who not only put up nine himself but had the team high in rebounds with nine as well, while Junior T.J. Benner, from Mishawaka High School, had nine assists along with eight points himself. Jordan Vedder, a freshman from Geneva High School in Illinois, was perfect going 2-2 both behind the arc and in field goals.
The team went 50 percent in both field goals and free throws on the night, while containing what was 80 percent for the Lakers free throws in the first half to only 50 in the second. Defense throughout the game was tremendous, forcing 16 total turnovers, five blocks, eight steals and 38 defensive rebounds to Wright State-Lake’s offensive rebounds of 12. Offensively they combined with 27 total assists and 12 rebounds.
IU South Bend’s next game will have them traveling to the north side of South Bend to take on Holy Cross College Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.