Indiana (Pa.) receives balanced scoring in win against Sciences in Philadelphia
INDIANA, Pa. -- Indiana (Pa.) shot 70 percent from the floor in the second half to soar to their sixth consecutive victory, defeating Sciences in Philadelphia 72-59 on Sunday.
A slow start didn't stop the high-powered IUP offense from claiming another victory, as four Crimson Hawks finished the game in double digits. Devante Chance led all scorers with 17, followed by Jeremy Jeffers and Marcel Souberbielle with 15 apiece and Mathis Keita with 14.
It was close from the beginning, as the two teams exchanged points in a back-and-forth game. With the Devils up by three and a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the half, Keita took a pass from Cornell Yarde II and made a jump shot, cutting the lead to one. Jeffers followed that up with a deep 3-pointer, continuing at IUP run that gave them a seven-point advantage.
The Devils fought back, keeping within five points of the IUP lead, and getting as close as three. A layup in the waning seconds of the half sent the Crimson Hawks into the break with the 26-21 advantage.
The second half started much like the first, with the game up and down the court. A free throw from Garret Kerr with a little less than seven minutes of play cut the IUP lead to just two, but that would be the end for the Devils, as the Crimson Hawks went on a 12-2 run, claiming a 14-point lead.
It was all IUP for the final minutes, as Keita got things started by sinking a layup. A bucket from Chance and a pair of free throws from Souberbielle gave the Crimson Hawks the eight-point advantage.
With 1:23 remaining in the game and IUP up by 11, Wes Kerr drained a 3-point shot, giving the Devils life. The Crimson Hawks went on an 8-3 run to close out the game.
It was a solid performance all around for Chance, as he led the team in points as well as rebounds and assists. He grabbed six boards and added three helpers and two steals, playing in all but a few seconds of the game.
Jeffers had three rebounds, one block and one steal, shooting 70 percent from the floor. Souberbielleadded three rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Keita finished with three boards, while adding three helpers and a steal.
As a team, the Crimson Hawks shined in the second half, sinking 14 of 20 buckets, compared to shooting just 43.5 percent in the first half.
With the win, IUP improved to 6-0 (2-0 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West) and closed out the Indiana Regional Medical Center Classic with a 2-0 record.