FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IPFW men’s basketball dug themselves into a 14-point second-half deficit before climbing back within one behind a 15-2 run, but could not climb the entire way back in the 63-58 loss to the IUPUI Jaguars on Sunday evening.
IPFW (7-8, 0-2 Summit League) was led by Joe Edwards who scored 17 points, hitting 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range. Michael Calder scored 12 points – all in the second, keying the second-half comeback. Isaiah McCray and Max Landis each added nine points, with McCray narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds. Joe Reed also pulled down nine rebounds, with the Mastodons out-rebounding IUPUI (5-10, 1-0 Summit) 33-to-29.,
IUPUI fired out of the gates, leading 6-3 through the first two minutes of the game before IPFW answered with a 10-2 run to lead by five at 13-8 with 13:25 to play in the first half. The teams traded baskets on the next two possessions, before the visitors ran off seven in a row to lead 17-15.
Seven points from Edwards over the next three possessions put the Mastodons ahead 22-19 with 8:35 to play in the opening stanza; however, IUPUI rallied for 10 consecutive points, taking a 29-22 lead, one that the Jaguars would not give up for the remainder of the game, as the visitors led 34-25 at the halftime break.
The Jaguar lead reached as many as 14, the latest at 43-29 with 15:29 to play in the game before the Mastodon defense clamped down, holding the Jaguars without a point for the next four and a half minutes, running off 10 straight points to cut the gap to four at 43-39.
A pair of free throws from Steve Forbes and a three-pointer from Michael Calder closed the gap to one at 45-44, and the margin remained one after a jumper by Calder two minutes later. IUPUI scored six straight points over a two and a half minute span, pushing ahead by eight with 3:38; however, IPFW quickly answered with six straight of its own to climb back to within two at 56-54 with 1:06 to play in the game.
IUPUI’s Marcellus Barksdale converted a three-point play on the next possession, and the Mastodons played catch-up the rest of the way, with the Jaguars icing the game by converting on all four of their free throw attempts in the final 15 seconds of the game.
IPFW hit just 36 percent (18-of-50) of its shots from the field, and hit 7-of-20 (35.0%) from long range and 15-of-20 (75.0%) from the charity stripe. IUPUI was 26-of-55 from the field (47.3%), but hit just 1-of-12 (8.3%) from beyond the arc but made up for the poor long-range shooting by hitting on 10-of-11 from the free throw line.
Barksdale scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Jaguars, while Aaron Brennan scored 12. DavRon Williams scored eight points while pulling down seven rebounds to lead the team.
The Mastodons return to action for a two-game homestand in which IPFW will face off against Denver and South Dakota on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, at the Gates Sports Center.