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IPFW defense, offense go in opposite directions late in loss

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Mastodons drop first home game of season

Sunday, January 20, 2013 08:54 am
IPFW held Kansas City to just seven points over the final five minutes of the game on Saturday in its Summit Leaggue men's basketball match-up at the Coliseum. However, the Mastodon offense was equally as cold. IPFW scored just one point over the final 5:15 and fell 63-59.The defeat was the program's first one at home this season.

Frank Gaines led IPFW with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, while Mario Hines scored 13 and Joe reed 10.

Pierre Bland and Michael Kibiloski each pulled down four rebounds for IPFW, while Isaiah McCray gave out a game-high three assists.

The Mastodons (9-12, 2-5 SL) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the game, and pushed the lead to 18-9 with just under eight minutes to play in the opening stanza.

The Kangaroos chipped away at the lead, using an 8-0 run to cut the gap to one, and took their first lead of the half on a Thomas Staton jumper with 48 seconds in the period.

IPFW took a 25-24 lead with 31 seconds left on a Hines three-point play, but a Estan Tyler jumper at the buzzer sent the visitors into the locker room with a 26-25 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.

The late first half momentum carried over for Kansas City (6-14, 3-5) into the second half, as the visitors scored the first five points of the period to take a six-point, 31-25 lead.

The lead remained at six with 18:28 to play before the Mastodons rattled off 10 of the next 13 points to lead by one at 37-36. the lead changed hands five times in a two minute span, before UMKC pushed ahead by three at 44-41.

IPFW took a two-point lead on back-to-back three-point plays by Reed, and led by three after a three-pointer by Kibiloski with 6:01 left on the clock. A Gaines lay-in with 5:16 to play provided the last basket for the Mastodons, as the Kangaroos ended the game on a 7-1 run to claim the four-point win.

Estan Tyler scored a game-high 19 points for Kansas City, while Staton scored 14, and Trinity Hall and Kirk Korver each added 11.

The Mastodons will host Western Illinois Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Gates Sports Center.

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