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IPFW goes off on foe in second half for easy win

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Mastodons score 44 points in final 20 minutes

Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 2:16 am

A 44-point second half helped propel IPFW to a 70-47 win over Kennesaw State at the Coliseum on Friday.

Frank Gaines scored a game-high 22 points to pace the Mastodons, while three others produced in double figures including 16 from Mario Hines, 14 from Luis Jacobo, and 10 from Michael Kibiloski.

Joe Edwards added six points in the winning effort.

Jacobo and Hines each pulled down eight rebounds in the win, as IPFW (6-7) outrebounded Kennesaw State 35-to-31, while Pierre Bland and Isaiah McCray gave out seven and five assists, apiece.

Kennesaw State (1-10) got the first basket of the game to lead 2-0, before IPFW rattled off six straight points to take a four point lead, one they would not give up for the remainder of the contest.

The IPFW first-half lead grew to as many as eight on an Edwards lay-in to cap off a 7-0 run, as the Owls closed the half by scoring four straight to cut the deficit to four at 26-22 heading into the locker room at halftime.

Leading by six at 36-30, IPFW ran off a 9-1 run to push the advantage to 14, and Kennesaw State never saw their deficit dip into single digits the rest of the way, as the Mastodons closed the game on a 12-2 run to give IPFW its largest margin of the contest at 23.

Jacobo grabbed a career-high five steals, with the team picking up 11, while sporting an 18-to-13 assist-to-turnover ratio in the game.

IPFW went an even 24-of-48 from the field (50.0 percent), 6-of-15 (40.0 %) from long range, and 16-of-26 (61.5%) from the charity stripe.

The Mastodons will travel to IUPUI on Thursday at 7 p.m.