Up next for IPFW: Today at Bradley
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Carver Arena
On the air: ESPN 1380-AM
Records: IPFW (7-4), Bradley (5-4)
Expected starters for the Mastodons: Steve Forbes – 6-9, redshirt junior center; Pierre Bland – 6-2, senior guard; Michael Kibiloski – 6-7, senior forward; Joe Edwards – 6-4, junior forward; Isaiah McCray – 6-0, junior guard.
Update: IPFW is coming off an 80-64 home win over Dartmouth, which followed a disappointing loss at Miami (Ohio) last week. Against the Big Green, the Mastodons essentially led from start to finish, stretching their advantage to as many as 18 in the opening half. Senior forward Luis Jacobo again was dominant, as he totaled a game-high 23 points and six rebounds. IPFW has struggled at times this season from the free-throw line and Saturday was no exception. The Mastodons sank only 19 of their 31 free throws (61.3 percent). Offensively, the Mastodons were balanced, as guards Isaiah McCray, Pierre Bland and Mo Evans each scored 11 points, while wing Joe Edwards chipped in 10. Starting senior forward Michael Kibiloski struggled from the field (1-of-6 shooting), and starting redshirt junior post Steve Forbes made just one basket in 15 minutes of action. After this road game, IPFW will close 2013 with three consecutive home games against SIU-Edwardsville (Saturday), Eastern Illinois (Dec. 21) and Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 29).
Coach Tony Jasick: “Steve was hampered by foul trouble a little bit (against Dartmouth). But the other thing was that we did a really good job, because of the help on the post, he was very unselfish in allowing the double team to come and then moving the ball where we could attack. That allowed some other guys to get some close outs and get some drives.”