OXFORD, Ohio – Junior Mo Evans scored a game-high 15 points to lead IPFW to a hard-fought 57-53 men’s college basketball road victory at Miami (Ohio) University of the Mid-American Conference Tuesday night at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio. Redshirt-freshman John Konchar added 13 points, while redshirt-senior Max Landis had 10 points for the visiting Mastodons (4-1), who won their fourth consecutive contest. Geovonie McKnight and Eric Washington each scored 10 points for the host Redhawks (3-3). IPFW will play again on Friday afternoon, November 27, against Jacksonville University of the Atlantic Sun Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina beginning at 4:30 p.m.
IPFW scored the first points of the contest on a three-point field goal by Evans, and led 8-7 at 13:52 after another three-pointer by Evans that followed a layup from redshirt-sophomore Racine Talla. Miami scored the next four points to lead 11-8 at 12:35, but the Mastodons battled back to lead 21-17 at 2:53 after a pair of free throws by Talla. The Redhawks closed the period with a 5-1 run to tie the game at 22-22 at the intermission.
Miami continued its momentum to start the second half, taking its largest lead at 33-25 with 14:19 remaining. IPFW answered with nine-straight points to go back ahead, 34-33, at 10:55 behind four points from senior Joe Reed, a three-pointer from Evans and a layup from Konchar. The closely-played contest that featured 10 ties and 10 lead-changes, was tied for the last time at 41-41 with 7:01 on the clock, and the Redhawks enjoyed their last advantage at 47-46 with 1:48 left. The Mastodons, however, finished strong by outscoring their hosts 11-6 over the final 1:26, including a combined 7-10 free throws over the final 37 seconds by Evans (4-6) and Landis (3-4). It was Konchar’s jumper at 1:26 that put IPFW ahead for good.
Evans led IPFW with his game-high 15 points, including 3-5 three-pointers, along with game-highs of seven assists and four steals. Konchar added 13 points and six rebounds for the Mastodons, followed by Landis with 10 points, all scored over the final 7:44. Reed finished with seven points, all scored over the final 20 minutes. IPFW shot 41% (18-44) from the field, including 25% (6-24) on three-pointers and 68% (15-22) at the free throw line – for the difference in the game.
McKnight and Washington each led Miami with their respective 10 points, while Rod Mills grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. The Redhawks shot 37% (22-60) from the field, including 13% (2-15) on three-pointers and 64% (7-11) at the line.
IPFW now leads the all-time series against Miami, 3-2, including three wins in the last four games played between the two schools.
The game against Jacksonville is the first of three games to be played at the Greensboro Coliseum this weekend during the Spartan Showcase hosted by UNC Greensboro Nov. 27-29. The Dolphins are coached by former IPFW head coach Tony Jasick.