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IPFW holds off Big Green rally for road win

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McCray scores career high to pace Dons

Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Behind a career-high 18 points from Isaiah McCray and 15 from Mario Hines, IPFW held off rallying Dartmouth on the road to earn a 70-66 men's basketball victory.

McCray connected on on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, including hitting his only attempt from three-point range. The sophomore guard also sank 5-of-7 from the charity stripe.

Hines went 5-for-6 from the field and 5-of-9 on free throws. He also pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots.

Luis Jacobo scored 13 for in the victory, while Frank Gaines added a dozen. , while Pierre Bland dished out a team-best three assists.

The Mastodons never trailed in the game. They jumped out to an 11-2 lead through the first seven minutes of the game, which was capped by a McCray lay-up. However, the Big Green fought back to within two off of a 7-0 run.

The first-half IPFW advantagge stretched to double-digits with just over four minutes left in the first half, as it took a 13-point lead with just under two minutes remaining on the third straight three-point basket by Jacobo. The Mastodons took a 37-24 lead at halftime.

Trailing by 13 with 16:47 to play in the game, Dartmouth ran off eight straight points to cut the gap to five, and later cut the gap to as few as one, before IPFW ran off seven straight points to push the advantage back to eight.

A pair of John Golden free throws with a minute left in the game cut the Dartmouth gap to two, but a free throw by Joe Edwards, and another from McCray gave the game its four-point final margin.

IPFW shot 23-of-50 from the field (46.0 percent), 6-of-15 from long range (40 percent), and 18-of-30 (60 percent) from the charity stripe. The Mastodons were narrowly out-rebounded 38-34, just the second time this season that the squad has been out-rebounded.

IPFW will travel to Navy on Wednesday at 7 p.m.