Western Illinois (9-12) at IUPU-Ft Wayne (17-6)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gates Sports Center (2,700) -- Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Television: None. Home Record: WIU 6-2, IPFW 10-1. Away Record: WIU 1-9, IPFW
5-5. Neutral Record: WIU 2-1, IPFW 2-0. Conference Record: WIU 3-3, IPFW 5-1.
Series Record: IUPU-Ft Wayne leads, 10-6.
GAME NOTES: Tied for first place in the Summit League standings with North
Dakota State, the Mastodons of IUPU-Ft Wayne kick off the month of February
with a meeting against the Western Illinois Leathernecks.
The Mastodons have won two straight and seven of the last eight outings,
thanks in part to an 86-82 triumph over Nebraska Omaha on Thursday night. With
the win the team is now 5-1 in conference and an impressive 10-1 at home.
As for the Leathernecks, a team which is three games under .500 on the
campaign overall, they are an even 3-3 in league play and tied with South
Dakota State, Denver and South Dakota for third place in the standings. Also
in action two nights ago, WIU tackled IUPUI on the road by a score of 69-54.
IUPU-Ft Wayne leads the all-time series by a count of 10-6 according to
Western Illinois sources.
The Leathernecks struggled coming out of the gate against IUPUI, shooting only
37.5 percent from the field and missing all five chances behind the 3-point
line, but turned it around in the second half with 65.4 percent accuracy.
Garret Covington posted 17 points and nine rebounds, followed by Adam Link
with 16 points and seven boards off the bench. Michael Ochereobia and Mike
Miklusak added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The leading scorer in three straight and six of the last seven games for WIU,
Covington is responsible for 14.2 ppg and is the only player in double figures
at the moment for a team posting 62.4 ppg. Defensively, Western Illinois has
been performing rather well by limiting opponents to only 40.9 percent
shooting from the floor and 60.4 ppg.
IUPU-Ft Wayne trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half against the
Mavericks at home, but then the Mastodons made good on 57.1 percent from the
field in the second half in order to battle back and steal the victory. Joe
Reed came off the bench to post 20 points and seven rebounds, followed by Mo
Evans with 15 points as a reserve as well. Starters Joe Edwards and Steve
Forbes accounted for 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Luis Jacobo, who shot only 3-of-10 from the floor as he finished with nine
points in the win over Omaha, is listed as the top scorer for the Mastodons
overall this season with his 14.8 ppg a he shoots 41.5 percent beyond the arc.
Forbes (11.8 ppg) and Evans (10.5 ppg) add to the offensive attack as the
latter connects on 48.8 percent out on the perimeter in order to lift the team
to 40.7 percent from 3-point range.
Comparing the Mastodons with their near-perfect home record and Western
Illinois which has won just once in 10 chances on the road this season, it
almost seems like a forgone conclusion that this is a meeting that should be
claimed by the hosts.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: IUPU-Ft Wayne 72, Western Illinois 66
02/01 10:18:09 ET
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