NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The No. 18-ranked IU Southeast men's basketball punched its ticket to the River States Conference Championship Game with a 90-81 win over No. 20 West Virginia Tech in the River States Conference semifinals Saturday.
The Grenadiers (24-5) used great ball movement to run an efficient offense with 16 assists on 27 made field goals.
IU Southeast shot 48 percent from the floor in the game and hit eight three-point field goals while limiting their turnovers.
Jamie Johnson was able to get to the basket with ease and he led IU Southeast with 27 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Joe Jackson sparked the Grenadiers in the first half when he scored 13 of his 22 points. He also had eight rebounds and four steals. Tyler Landry added 15 points and eight rebounds.
The IU Southeast defense held RSC Player of the Year Ryan Atkins to 13 points, eight off his season average. The Grenadier perimeter defense was strong for most of the game and held the Golden Bears to 20 percent (5-of-25) shooting from three-point range.
Junior Arrey had 27 points off the bench to keep WVU Tech within striking distance.
IU Southeast led by as many as nine in the first half and took a 40-34 lead to halftime.
The Grenadiers extended their lead to as many as 14 in the second half and led 73-60 after Joe Ferree hit a three-pointer with 4:49 to play. The Golden Bears (23-8) cut the lead to 85-79 but IU Southeast hit their free throws to secure the win. The Grenadiers made 20-of-27 free throws in the second half.
The Grenadiers will host No. 9 IU East Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the River States Conference Championship.