CHICAGO, Ill. - The Indiana University Kokomo men's basketball team traveled to the Windy City for the second time in a week to play the Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlet Hawks. The Cougars picked up its sixth win of the season as they locked down on defense in the second half to defeat the Scarlet Hawks 82-36.
IU Kokomo and IIT traded baskets for the first 13 minutes of the opening half, with lead changes or ties. With less than seven minutes left in the first half, Spencer Krhin completed a 3-point play that started a Cougar run. Jared Lawrence found Lewis Cass graduate Jacob Faust under the basket for a layup to make it an 18-5 run to end the first half with a 13-point lead (36-23).
The Cougars used the momentum from the first half and revved up the defense in the second half to add to the halftime lead. Faust had the opening basket off a pass from freshman Kokomo graduate Jalen Tinder to start the second half. With less than 12 minutes remaining, Krhin slammed down a layup to give the Cougars a 32-point lead. The Cougars were in command the rest of the second half, holding IIT to shooting 26-percent from the field and 11-percent from the 3-point line and IU Kokomo cruised to the 82-36 victory.
The Cougars shot 45.6-percent (31-of-68) from the field, 24-percent (6-of-25) from behind the arc, and shot 81.3 –percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line. Krhin scored a team high 19 points while playing 26 minutes off the bench, going 7-14 from the floor while also grabbing five rebounds. Krhin had plenty of help offensively, as Faust added 16 points, Tinder had 12 points and Lawrence chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars only committed a season low nine turnovers while the Scarlet Hawks had 17 turnovers.
The Cougars (6-14) finish its five game road stretch and travel to Dayton, Ohio tonight to face the Wilberforce University. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. For in-game updates, follow Cougar Basketball on Twitter (@IUKBasketball) and Facebook (/IUKBasketball).
COACHES VS. CANCER THIS SATURDAY
During next weekend's game against Illinois Institute of Technology, coach Thompson of Indiana University Kokomo will be one of over 4,000 college and high school basketball coaches across the United States making an unusual fashion statement when he wears sneakers with his game attire to support the Coaches vs. Cancer program during the 10th annual Suits & Sneakers weekend.
"This weekend we're all on one team helping the American Cancer Society", said IUK head coach Jace Thompson. "Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend unites coaches and fans in the fight for more birthdays, bringing us all closer to finding cures and saving lives from cancer.
"Cancer has tragically affected many people's lives including my own. Having lost my father to cancer I feel like this is a great opportunity to support the cause and with any luck we can help be a part of the cure."
A collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Coaches vs. Cancer program brings coaches, teams and fans together to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society by empowering basketball and other athletic coaches to save lives from cancer by leveraging their community leadership to support the Society. The funds raised by coach Thompson and others help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against this disease.
"The Coaches vs. Cancer program turns 20 this year, and in just two decades, high school and college basketball coaches have helped raise more than $85 million to help fund the American Cancer Society's fight. What an amazing accomplishment… and proof that coaches can really make a difference in the fight against cancer," said local ACS division director Sandra Chapin . "In May 2013, the American Cancer Society will celebrate its 100th birthday. In our 100 years, we've done more than any other cancer-fighting organization to help combat this disease. We're so grateful that these coaches continue to join us to help finish the fight."
Fans will also be able to join Coach Thompson in his efforts to support the American Cancer Society. By texting the word "Coach" to 20222 any time between January 21 and April 9, fans can donate $5 to Coaches vs. Cancer – and when they do, they will be entered for a chance to win exclusive prizes, like a free trip to the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic or autographed items from a prestigious coach.
(Courtesy of Indiana University Kokomo)