Dons Earn Key Comeback Win At Home


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IPFW  trailed by 15 points in the first half, and 13 in the second before the Mastodons fought back, using a 20-5 run to turn a 10-point deficit into a five-point lead, and never trailed again in the 86-82 Mastodon home victory.

The Mastodons remain in a tie for the top spot in the league at 5-1, as Joe Reed scored 20 points, one off of his career-high. Mo Evans scored 15 points – 13 in the second half – while Joe Edwards scored 13 and Steve Forbes 11. Reed pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, while Pierre Bland dished out four assists in the IPFW win.

IPFW (17-6, 5-1 Summit) scored the first five points of the game, and led 7-4 before Omaha ran off eight straight points to lead 12-7. The Mavericks would not trail again in the first half, as the visitors pushed to a 15-point lead at 42-27 with 4:43 to play in the opening half.

Down by 15, the Mastodons fought back out-scoring Omaha 11-2 to end the half, closing the gap to six at 44-38 at the break.

The Mastodons scored first out of the break, closing the gap to three on an Edwards three-pointer on IPFW’s first possession; however, Omaha rallied back with a 10-0 run over the next 3:11, turning its three-point lead into a 13-point advantage.

Trailing by 10 at 58-48, IPFW ran off a 20-5 run over a six-minute span, as the Mastodons hit eight of their next 11 shots from the field, turning the 10-point deficit into a five-point advantage and never trailed again in the game.

Omaha would not go quietly, tying the game at 68, but five straight points – a jumper by Reed and a three-pointer by Luis Jacobo – put IPFW ahead 73-68. Two Omaha free throws were countered by a second consecutive three-pointer by Jacobo and a fastbreak lay-up by Evans to give IPFW its largest lead of the game at 78-70.

The second-half runs continued, as Omaha knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, and tied the game at 78. A pair of free throws from Bland, and a shot-clock-beating three-pointer from Evans put the ‘Dons ahead 83-78, and the team hit three of its five free throws down the stretch to close out the four-point, 86-82 win.

IPFW made 30-of-58 shots (51.7%) in the game, while hitting on 9-of-22 (40.9%) from long range, and 17-of-21 (81.0%) from the charity stripe. Omaha was 32-of-70 (45.7%) from the field, 9-of-27 (33.3%) from beyond the arc, and 9-of-14 (64.3%) on its free throw attempts.

Justin Simmons scored a game-high 28 points for the Mavs, while Mike Rostampour pulled down a dozen rebounds in the loss.

The Mastodons return to action as the squad closes out a three-game homestand on Saturday, February 1 against the Western Illinois Leathernecks in a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Gates Sports Center. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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