MBB: ‘Dons top IUPUI, 90-75

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Five Mastodons reached double-figure scoring, led by 19 points from Luis Jacobo, while Pierre Bland finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists, as IPFW toppled the IUPUI Jaguars 90-75 on Saturday evening.

Steve Forbes hit 7-of-8 shots from the field, scoring 16 points, as Michael Kibiloski added 14 and Mo Evans 10. Forbes pulled down seven rebounds with Joe Edwards pulling down six to go with his eight points. Edwards and Evans each dished out three assists, as Bland had a game-high three steals.

With the win, IPFW improves to 16-6 overall, tied for the third-best 22-game record to a season in program history, and the best in IPFW’s NCAA Division I era. The team’s 4-1 Summit League record puts them in a two-way tie for first place in the league standings with North Dakota State, who topped South Dakota State this evening.

The teams opened the game by battling back-and-forth with two tie scores and three lead changes. IUPUI led by two after a Mitch Patton lay-in with 14:34 to play in the opening half, before the Mastodons ran off nine straight points over a two-minute span. Holding a seven-point lead, the Mastodons would not trail again in the game.

The Mastodons kept their foot on the gas pedal for the remainder of the first half, leading by as many as 17 with 2:30 to play before the visitors scored four of the last six points of the period, cutting the IPFW advantage to 15 at 44-29 at the break.

The margin never reached single digits in the second half, as the Mastodons pushed to a lead as big as 22 in the second half, before holding on for a 15-point victory.

IPFW out-rebounded IUPUI 37-to-28, while the Mastodons dished out 18 assists against 14 turnovers. The Mastodons hit 56.5 percent (35-of-62) of their shots in the game, and half of their 26 three-point attempts. IUPUI went 26-of-61 from the field (42.6%), and 5-of-18 (27.8%) from long range.

The Jaguars were led by 20 points from Khufu Najee, as Patton and Ja’Rob McCallum each scored 18.

The Mastodons remain at home, closing out their three-game homestand with games against Omaha and Western Illinois, the first on Thursday evening against the Mavericks in a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Gates Sports Center.

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