FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IPFW junior guard Max Landis scored a career-high 27 points, hitting 8-of-10 shots from the field and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, as the Mastodons won their fifth straight game, topping the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles by a 75-69 final score.
Steve Forbes scored 13 points – 11 in the second half – while Joe Reed scored 12 – 10 in the first half. Joe Edwards scored nine while Isaiah McCray added seven. After seeing its streak of nine straight games of out-rebounding its opponent snapped on Thursday, the Mastodons were out-rebounded for a second straight night, as McCray led the team with four boards, with all eight players that saw action pulling down at least one rebound.
Reed dished out four assists while Edwards and Evans each gave out three helpers, as IPFW had a 14-to-9 assist-to-turnover ratio for the game. McCray and Landis each added two steals.
IPFW hit half of its 52 field goal attempts, and 29 percent (4-of-14) from long range. Behind Landis’ big free throw effort, IPFW hit 19-of-22 of its charity stripe tries in the game. Oral Roberts hit 48 percent of its shots (26-of-54) from the field and 27 percent (4-of-15) from beyond the arc.
The Mastodons never trailed in the first half, jumping out to a six-point lead five and a half minutes into the game. ORU fought back to close the gap to one two minutes later, before IPFW rolled out an 11-2 run to lead by 11 at 26-15.
With IPFW ahead by 11 with 3:21 to play in the half, Oral Roberts closed the period strong, as an 11-3 run closed the gap to three at 35-32 at the halftime break.
After IPFW pushed back ahead by six early in the second half. the Golden Eagles ran off nine straight points to take their first lead of the game. In all, Oral Roberts led for two minutes and 19 seconds, before IPFW got three straight lay-ups from Reed, Edwards, and Landis to put IPFW ahead for good in the game.
A 12-2 IPFW run put the hosts ahead by 11; however, the Golden Eagles would not go away, scoring six straight, but could not get any closer than two the rest of the way, and each time ORU closed to within a single possession, the Mastodons scored on the ensuing trip down the floor, holding on for the six-point victory.
Korey Billbury scored a team-high 19 points for the Golden Eagles, while Bobby Word scored 16, Obi Emegano 14, and Denell Henderson 10.,
The Mastodons return to action on Wednesday, February 11, when the squad travels south to Indianapolis to take on the IUPUI Jaguars in a 7 p.m. tip-off.