In their final game before the winter break, ICC offered free admission to their home game against Southwestern (Iowa) Community College on Friday, December 13, however it would have been worth the ticket price for the performance by the Pirates in the 100-90 victory.

SWCC scored the first five points of the game, but Indy quickly responded to tie the game at 5-5 around two and a half minutes into the contest. The hosts took a timeout just before the midway point as Southwestern built a 23-11 advantage, and trailed by as much as 15 with a little under nine minutes before the break. The Pirates closed out the final seven minutes of the first half on a 25-14 run and even led by two with just 20 seconds on the clock but the visitors went 1-2 at the free throw line and got a rebound and the put-back to go into the half up 46-45.

ICC swung the momentum coming out of the break behind an impressive showing by sophomore guard Tonje “Teej” Durham, who scored all of his team-high 22 points in the second half. Durham was 5-9 from three-point range and went 3-3 at the line to lead six Pirates in double digits. Sophomore guard Sam’i Roe went for 18, sophomore forward Cedrick Harris had 16, sophomore guard Demetric Horton dropped 14, freshman point guard Jaden McClanahan scored 11 and sophomore point guard Payton Hudson added 10 in the balanced scoring effort. McClanahan also had eight rebounds and six assists, both team highs.

The Pirates steadily built their lead early in the second, but Southwestern remained in striking distance. ICC led by just two at the media timeout, but was ahead 79-64 with just over six minutes remaining as McClanahan split two defenders on a pick-and-roll and scored in the lane. Indy’s margin grew to as much as 21 with just under four minutes to go, but SWCC continued to battle down the stretch. It proved to be too little, too late, as the Pirates held on for the 100-90 final score.

First-year Head Coach Bill Morosco has been pleased with his squad’s start overall, and particularly happy to head into the break on a win. “There’s a lot of things to be proud of with this group..to have a 36-point swing in a game is pretty difficult to do so you’ve got to give a huge credit to our guys for battling back. We found the hot hand, which was Tonje tonight...they did a really good job and I’m very proud of them.”

Independence (12-3, 3-2) will hit the hardcourt once again after the first of the year as they welcome Garden City to The Fieldhouse on Saturday, January 4.