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IPFW pulls one out

I was impressed to hear that coach Dane Fife didn't paint the walls blue after his team went into the halftime nine points down against UMKC on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.

He would have had the right to have been upset, especially after a UMKC player drained a three-pointer at the buzzer.

But Fife was calm at halftime, told his team that UMKC shot out of its mind from three-point range and just to play harder and smarter and stay within themselves.

And it worked.

IPFW, down by 10 at one stage very early in the second half, played hard, played smart, and played its way to a 76-72 overtime win over the Kangaroos.

Ben Botts had 20 for IPFW (4-2, 1-0 Summit League), while Frank Gaines had 12, even though he sat much of the last half of the second half because he took an ill-advised three. Trey McCorkle played much better in the second half and scored 11 points, Jeremy Mixon had 11, and John Peckinpaugh had 10 and a team-high nine rebounds.

Fun game to watch, and was impressed with IPFW's poise.

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