FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Marcellus Barksdale scored on a layup at the final buzzer to give IUPUI an 84-82 men’s college basketball Summit League victory at IPFW on Saturday night at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne. Barksdale collected a loose ball in the lane and scored the game-winning basket as the horn sounded, and the official review showed the ball was released with just three-tenths of a second remaining, and no time was left on the clock as it dropped through the net. Darell Combs led the visiting Jaguars (9-13, 5-2 Summit League), who were ahead 47-34 at halftime, with a game-high 20 points. Senior Michael Calder/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. led the Mastodons (16-6, 5-2 Summit League), who rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit, with a game and career-high 20 points. IPFW will play on the road at the Oral Roberts University on Thursday night, January 28, at 8 p.m. ET in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
IPFW, ranked No. 21 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, scored the first basket of the game on a baby hook down low by redshirt-junior Brent Calhoun/Indianapolis at 18:27. The first 10-plus minutes featured 13 lead changes and four ties (15 and seven overall), with the score knotted at 19-19 with 9:51 on the first-half clock. IUPUI used a 15-3 run to take a 34-22 lead at 3:32, getting six points from Combs and five from Nick Osborne. The Jaguars maintained their momentum, outscoring the Mastodons 28-15 over final 8:22 of period for a 47-34 halftime advantage. Combs scored 13 first-half points, and Osborne had 10 at the break, while redshirt-senior Max Landis/Indianapolis scored nine points and junior DeAngelo Stewart/Detroit, Mich. added seven for the home team.
IPFW closed to within 49-40 early in the second half at 17:44, following an old-fashioned three-point play inside by senior Joe Reed/Greenwood and a three-point field goal from Calder. IUPUI, though, extended the advantage and took its largest lead at 60-43 with 14:28 remaining, courtesy of two free throws by Matt O’Leary. The Mastodons, however, responded as they have all season and put together a quick 16-4 run to pull within 64-59 at 10:33. Calder sparked the outburst with seven quick points, while redshirt-freshman John Konchar/Chicago, Ill. added five, and IPFW extended its overall run to 31-9 for a 74-69 lead at 5:10, after back-to-back three-pointers by Stewart. IUPUI answered with a 13-3 run to lead 82-77 with just 1:35 left to play, after a three-pointer from Osborne, who scored five quick points. The Mastodons once-again fought back to tie it at 82-82 with 22 seconds left, following a conventional three-point play by Calder at 1:07 and a tip-in of his own miss inside by Konchar (0:22). IUPUI ran the clock down before Barksdale’s last-second play on the loose ball.
Calder led IPFW with his game and career-high 20 points, including 3-6 three-pointers. Landis (3-8 3FGs) and Stewart (4-4 3FGs) each added 15 points for the Mastodons, with Landis contributing a game-high five assists and Stewart tying his career-high with six rebounds. Konchar had 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his fourth-straight and seventh collegiate double-double. He has now grabbed 56 rebounds (14.0) in his last four games, and 71 rebounds (11.8) in his last six. Reed finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. IPFW shot 47% (25-53) from the field, including 53% (10-19) on three-pointers and 85% (22-26) at the free throw line.
Combs led IUPUI with his game-high 20 points, adding a game-high three steals. Osborne (3-5 3FGs) added 19 points for the Jaguars, while Jordan Pickett had 15 points, Barksdale finished with 13 points and O’Leary contributed 10 points. IUPUI shot 51% (32-63) from the field, including 33% (6-18) on three-pointers and 67% (14-21) at the line.
IPFW was playing IUPUI for the 42nd time overall, and the Jaguars lead the lengthy series that began during 1973-74, 28-14. The Mastodons have equaled their finest start to a season as a Division I program (2001-02) with the 16-6 record, also accomplished by the 2013-14 team.
IPFW is now 8-1 in home games played in Fort Wayne, including 3-1 at the Gates Sports Center.