Oakland is predicted to win the Summit League. The Mastodons hung with them Saturday before eventually falling 84-76. IPFW feels it built confidence coming out of the game.
"We have to start off a little better and sustain it a little better," IPFW guard Ben Botts said. "In the second half we took it to them pretty well and didn’t allow a run."
IPFW played well despite missing Antwone Snead for most of the game. He had foul trouble, finishing with 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes before fouling out.
Botts wasn’t a factor in the first half, taking one shot. He came alive after halftime, finishing with 19 points.