Thursday, November 12, 2015

St. Catharine Falls to 1-3 with Road Loss at IU East

IU East 78
St. Catharine 67

Final from Richmond, Indiana

Game recap by IU East:

RICHMOND, Ind. – Coach Mark Hester and his staff have preached defensive efficiency for the last handful of years, and the Indiana University East men's basketball team's Nov. 10 win over NAIA Division I opponent Saint Catharine College displayed just about the most efficient defensive effort the team could muster.

The NAIA Division II No. 10 Red Wolves (3-1) defeated the Patriots 78-67, allowing just two points in the final 6:33 of regulation.

"Defense has been something that we have needed to work on for the last couple years really," IU East sophomore Lucas Huffman (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central High School) said. "That's what we've been looking for for a long time right there."

Saint Catharine (1-3) shot a mere 38 percent from the floor and was outrebounded by a 40-37 count, a battle the Red Wolves have yet to lose this year.

"I think we are more focused this year on that end, and it is showing," Huffman said. "There's stuff we could be better at, but I think we've got to be happy with where we are right now.

The Patriots got 37 points out of Chris Johnson, but the Red Wolves limited his touches in the late stages of the second half. Johnson's last bucket came at just under the seven-minute mark.

"Obviously we let him do way too much in the first half (20 points), but I think that we showed a lot of grit in the second half, and locked in on him and he got frustrated," Huffman said,

Huffman once again led IU East in scoring, finishing with 24. He was one of three Red Wolves in double figures, accompanied by Vasha Davis (Hammond, Ind./Morton High School) with 10 and Huston Clark (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo High School) with 12 to go along with 14 rebounds for another double-double.

IU East's win over St. Catherine was the Red Wolves' fourth in 10 tries against NAIA Division I opponents. This was the first meeting between the two teams.

IU East (3-1) will go on the road to play Crossroads League programs Goshen College and No. 22 Bethel College this weekend at the Bethel College Gates Auto Classic before returning home for a clash with No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan on Nov. 17.

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