Lancers Down IU-Southeast at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Brandon Vanderhegghen led the Lancers (9-3) with 20 points while playing at the home of the NBA Pacers.
The Lancers struggled to slow down the Grenadiers (4-7) in the opening half and faced a six-point deficit with 1:25 remaining. But Logan Irwin buried a 3-pointer to cut the gap in half, and a last-second basket by Erik Bowen tied the score 40-40 at halftime.
Grace was outrebounded by three in the opening half and allowed IU-Southeast to shoot 47 percent from the floor, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Caleb Featherston gave Grace a lift to start the second half. Featherston scored on three straight possessions, including a rebound putback dunk to spark the Lancers. Featherston’s last jumper gave Grace a 52-40 lead, capping off a 12-0 run to start the second half.
IU-Southeast was unable to cut into Grace’s lead for the next 11 minutes. With 5:01 to play, the Grenadiers made a push. IU-Southeast used a 14-5 spurt to pull within four and trailed 69-65.
Vanderhegghen and Josh Ruggles silenced the Grenadiers’ threat from the 3-point line. The duo drained back-to-back triples to extend Grace’s lead back up the double figures, and IU-Southeast was unable to make another rally.
Grace nailed 50 percent of its shots and had a plus-seven advantage on the glass over the final 20 minutes.
For the game, over half of Grace’s points were in the paint. Bowen had the only double-double in the game, tallying 13 points and 16 rebounds to go along with five assists.
Featherston and Kyle Fillman scored 12 points apiece, and Chad Hoffer produced 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Logan Irwin finished the game with 9 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds.
Next up, the Lancers take a trip to the West Coast. Grace will play Menlo and Cal-Maritime in California next weekend.
Photos by Jeff Nycz of Mid-South Images