Courtesy of Southern Indiana Athletics
RENSSELAER, Ind. — No.12 Southern Indiana outscored Saint Joseph’s (IN) in the final minutes to win, 58-53, Sunday afternoon in Rensselaer, Indiana. USI goes to 10-1 overall and 2-1 in the GLVC, while SJC goes to 5-6, 1-2 GLVC.
The first half saw the Screaming Eagles build a trio of 10-point leads before the Pumas cut the margin to four points at halftime, 25-21. USI was sluggish offensively in the first 20 minutes, shooting just 40.7 percent from the field (11-27) and 20 percent from long range (1-5).
The Pumas took control early in the second half, erasing the Eagles’ advantage to take a four-point lead, 39-35, with 9:24 left. USI responded with an 11-0 run to retake control, 45-39, but SJC came back to tie the contest, 45-45, with 5:30 remaining.
The final five minutes belonged to the Eagles as they would take charge with a 9-2 run and a commanding 54-47 advantage. Four free throws down the stretch by senior guard Kevin Gant (Indianapolis, Indiana) sealed the 58-53 win. Gant finished the game with 11 points.
USI shot better in the second half, hitting 41.7 percent from the field (10-24). The Eagles also outrebounded the Pumas for the game, 46-26.
Leading the Eagles in the win with a pair of double-doubles was senior center Mohamed Ntumba (Kinshasa, Congo) and junior forward Isaac McClure (Paducah, Kentucky). Ntumba posted his third straight double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while McClure recorded his first as an Eagle on 12 points and 15 rebounds. The 15-rebound performance by McClure was a season-best by an Eagle.
The Eagles conclude the two-game road swing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to the University of Illinois-Springfield. The Prairie Stars fell to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the GLVC after falling at home to the University of Indianapolis, 69-65.