HAMMOND | Chesterton made 26-of-32 free throws; Chris Palombizio scored 31 points, and three other Trojans scored at least 12 as Chesterton topped Morton 75-64 Wednesday night.
"Getting to the free-throw line was important," Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. "We were able to find some penetration lanes, get some offensive rebounds, getting there is important, too."
Morton had the game tied at 48-48 with seven minutes to go. Rayan Elabed led a second-half charge for the Governors, but the Trojans were stellar from the charity stripe down the stretch. Elabed hit four 3-pointers and scored 27 points.
Chesterton (2-0) settled things down in the fourth quarter.
"We finally got the turnover situation under control," Peller said. "We were kind of feeding into them and helping their case with too many turnovers and too many unforced errors (in the third quarter)."
Palombizio was the point of the offense all night for Chesterton. He hit 13-of-14 free throws, making an effort to draw fouls.
"Coach told me I shot too many 3s, and I needed to drive more, especially against a team like (Morton)," Palombizio said. "They get up in the air, and they're quick."
Palombizio also pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Governors (0-2) went cold in the fourth quarter.
"You're not going to beat a good team like Chesterton, a well-developed and well-organized team, (shooting poorly)," Morton coach Kevin Dermody said. "We haven't been practicing well, and it shows in the games."
Devon Mingo scored 19 for Morton.
Jacob Waslelewski had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Chesterton, while Cole Teal had 13, and Corey Rusboldt scored 12.