By Stephen Utz, IU Southeast Sports Information
NEW ALBANY, Ind. - IU Southeast shot a sizzling 54 percent from the field in the second half which sent the Grenadiers to a 89-74 upset victory over undefeated NAIA Division I No. 2-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.), 89-74, on Friday night.
Cameron Mitchell led all scorers with 26 points, Kevin Mitchell had 23 and Haris Batalevic had 20 to lead the Grenadiers to the comeback win.
IU Southeast (9-3) was down 41-32 at the half. Steve Goins dominated the paint for the Patriots and had 15 first-half points. He finished with a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds as Cumberlands (12-1) dropped its first game since March 15.
Cameron Mitchell and Batalevic exploded offensively in the second half. Mitchell had 21 points in the final frame and Batalevic had 15. Mitchell was five of six from three-point range and Batalevic was four of seven from behind-the-arc.
The three-point shot carried the Grenadiers in the second half. They shot 12-20 (60 percent) from behind-the-arc in the second half after only making 3-16 treys in the first half.
But it was Kevin Mitchell's tough drive and layup that gave the Grenadiers the lead for good at 73-72 with 3:53 to play.
Then the Grenadiers went on a 13-0 run in the final 2:10 to put the game out of reach. Mitchell hit two three-point field goals and Batalevic added another to help secure the win.
IU Southeast returns to action on Dec. 22 when they visit Miami-Hamilton at 3 p.m.