After going into halftime with a 52-30 lead, 15-seed IU South Bend outscored the 11-seed RedHawks 48-28 in the second period to wrap up a 42-point semifinal victory. It marked the first win over IUN during the short 2020-21 campaign and the 13th consecutive victory for IUSB.
Junior Donyell Meredith II was the spark for the squad, leading the Titans with 17 points that was highlighted by shooting 5-of-7 from three-point territory to go along with three rebounds and a team-high five assists.
Four other IUSB players scored in double-digits including sophomore Micah Poole who registered 12 while Miles Tracy, Dylan Allen and Sergio Diaz all added 10 apiece. Diaz also collected a team-high six rebounds. Alex Schmidt scored his first points as a Titan Saturday as the freshman added five off the bench after going a perfect 2-for-2 from the floor.
IU South Bend finished the game shooting 48 percent (36-of-75) from the field including 36.1 percent (13-of-36) from downtown. The RedHawks shot 32.8 percent (22-of-67) from the floor and just 17.8 percent (5-of-28) from three-point range. IUSB held decisive advantages over IUN in points off turnovers (28-6), points in the paint (34-12) and bench points (41-33).
Indiana University South Bend will play in its second consecutive CCAC Tournament championship game and third in six years on Monday, March 1, for a rematch of last year’s championship game at No. 1 Olivet Nazarene. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET in Bourbannais, Ill.