On Thursday night, the IUPUI Jaguars snapped their 5-game losing streak at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. They beat Cleveland State University 78-73 to move to 5-8 in the Horizon League this year. What looked like a runaway victory for the Jags in the second half ended up being a close game in the final minutes.
Both teams came out firing as IUPUI and Cleveland State both took chances from 3 point range. But, it was the hard work in the paint by the Jags that made the difference in this game. IUPUI had 42 points in the paint to Cleveland State’s 32.
Late in the second half with 11 minutes left, Cleveland State came back from a 20 point deficit to within two in the final seconds of the game. Luckily, with some clutch free throw shooting, the Jags were able to pull out the victory in the end.
TJ Henderson played great. He went 5-7 from the field and hit all nine of his free throws to lead the team in scoring with 19. Aaron Brennan went 7-9 from the field and was the team’s second highest scorer with 17. The Jags shot 59 percent from the field throughout the entire game.
This coming Saturday at the Coliseum at 1, the Jags will host Youngstown State, who are 8th in the Horizon League. The Jags hope that last night’s victory can propel them this Saturday against Youngstown State in front of their home fans.