... but, boy, was it a struggle.
I hate to be a cold blanket on a wet night, but IPFW's 78-72 win over South Dakota State late Saturday afternoon didn't end on a fun note.
The Mastodons had a 23-point lead with 10 minutes left, had a 20-point lead with eight minutes left, and let the visiting Jackrabbits get within three points with 30 seconds remaining.
I think my not-so-politically-correct comment was that it was a "Katharine Hepburn game": It started off pretty, but it sure didn't end that way.
Coach Dane Fife was extremely complimentary of his team after the win.
Granted, there were some good moments, because you can't get ahead 23 points without playing well at some time.
But this has been a habit all season - to get way up then hold on for dear life, and at some point in time that's got to stop.
It wasn't what South Dakota State was doing, but rather what IPFW wasn't doing. And what it wasn't doing was playing with intelligence. There were bad shots and dumb fouls. There was matador defense - the kind where the crowd screams "ole" as the bull rushes past. And there was very little poise.
Yes, it was the 14th win for IPFW - the most in the school's Division I history. But it was a shaky way to get it.