LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University men's basketball team dropped a frenetic barnburner of a game to the visiting Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers on Wednesday night, 105-95. The Pioneers outscored their opponent by six points in the closing period, led by 20 second half points from guard Alex Jones, but were unable to overcome a hot shooting start from IUS.
Transylvania trailed by 16 points entering the second period after IUS went 12-18 from three-point range in the opening period, but the Pioneers responded by shooting 52.6 percent (20-38) in the second half, allowing them to cut the Grenadier margin to as close as nine after a jump shot from Jones at the 8:52 mark to make the score 84-75.
On several occasions, Transy seemed poised to make a run at the lead, including during an 11-3 run that spanned just over one minute of game play in the second half. Jones made a layup at the 11:35 mark to spark the run and came up with a steal on the next trip down the court before nailing a three point shot from the wing to make the score 71-57. After IUS made a three of their own, Transylvania benefited from back-to-back three-point jumpers from Parker Stansberry to cut the lead to 11.
The Grenadiers responded however, making several free throws and jumpers, pushing their lead back to 14 with eight minutes to play in the game. Transy did its best to come back over the closing minutes, forcing four IUS turnovers over the final six minutes of gameplay, but were unable to convert late as their strong shooting performance in the half went cold as they missed three of their last four attempts from behind the arc.
Jones' team-high 22 points marked him as one of five Pioneers to score in double-figures on the night. Bo Schuh added 19 points and five rebounds, while Cooper Theobald recorded 17 points and eight rebounds, followed by Parker Stansberry with 16 and eight. Transylvania outrebounded the Grenadiers, scored more points in the paint and matched IUS in second chance points, but it was timely and consistent three-point shooting from the Grenadiers that proved to be too much for the Pioneers.
Transylvania (1-4) will look to get back in the win column on Saturday as they travel to Bluffton University for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener.