IPFW got by Western Illinois 77-64 in Summit League men's basketball action at the Gates Sports Center Saturday.
The victory was the team's 18th in 24 games and ties the program mark for most victories in a season at the NCAA Division I level.
Mastodon coach Tony Jasick spoke with The News-Sentinel following the victory on a number of topics:
On what it took to reach 18 victories this season:
"Everybody in the country is going to say that they work hard, but what our team has been able to do, that has helped us is that we are pretty unselfish. I think that we've bought into one another and when you do that, it doesn't matter what you do as far as Xs and Os, if your team has bought into whatever you are doing, they've bought into one another, it gives yourself a chance."
On pulling away from Western Illinois late:
"We got some stops. And I also felt like maybe our depth at the end of both halves maybe came to light. I thought we had a little more juice, I thought we had a little bit more energy and we were able to get some stops and then we made a couple of big shots."
On IPFW center Steve Forbes having only one foul:
"We talked about it before the game, Western Illinois had a guy with some size. And so there was going to be some resistance there. And then the game was officiated appropriately, which is a compliment, it's not a negative, you don't have guys flying all over the place because they are so small compared to Steve. It was a positive."
On defending Western Illinois' offense:
"They do such a good job with their ball-screen offense. Their guards are really good at creating. And I did think that once some of those guys got going a little bit, then those balls started falling in.
"We need to shore up some things (defensively), obviously. But I also think that you've got to give some credit to (Western Illinois coach Jim Molinari) and his team and how they played today."