FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In the return of former IPFW head men’s basketball head coach Tony Jasick, it was the dominating effort of the Mastodons that became the highlight of the evening, as Isaiah McCray scored 16 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and Joe Edwards narrowly missed a career-high with 16 points.
It was McCray’s second double-double of the season, as he also dished out four assists while hitting 7-of-10 shots from the field. Edwards was 5-of-10 from the field with three rebounds and two steals. Mo Evans added 11 points while giving out seven assists and adding a pair of steals. Four others – Max Landis, Steve Forbes, Michael Calder, and Joe Reed – missed double-figure scoring by three points or less.
The Mastodons out-rebounded Jacksonville 38-to-37, while giving out assists on 19-of-31 baskets and committed just 15 turnovers in the win. The team also hit over half of its shots in the game for the first time this season, going 31-of-58 from the field in the victory.
Jacksonville struck first in the game, using a lay-in by Josh Adeyeye just 39 seconds into the game before IPFW ran off the next 10 points over the next four minutes. The 10-0 run was the Mastodons’ third game this season with a run of 10-0 or better. The Dolphins fought back, cutting the gap to two at 10-8 before a 17-4 IPFW run put the Mastodons ahead by 15.
IPFW never saw its advantage dip into single digits the rest of the way in the win.
The Mastodons used a variety of strong defense and up-tempo offense to push ahead by as many as 28 with just over five minutes to play in the game, before the visitors clawed back, closing the gap to its final margin of 19 at the final horn.
IPFW was 31-of-58 from the field and 10-of-25 (40.0%) from long range. After making half of its free throw attempts a game earlier in a nine-point loss at Georgia Tech, the Mastodons answered by going 17-of-23 (73.9%) from the charity stripe. Jacksonville was 25-of-66 shooting in the game (37.9%), while being held to just 1-of-11 (9.1%) shooting from long range and 20-of-25 (80.0%) on its free attempts.
The Mastodons return to action on Friday, November 28, when the squad travels to Hanover, New Hampshire, to take on the Big Green of Dartmouth in a 3 p.m. tip-off.