There was a time in the second half when maybe, just maybe, IPFW could pull off the upset against Oakland in Saturday's Summit League game at Memorial Coliseum.
After all, the Mastodons took a 47-45 lead.
What they did, though, was awake the slumbering Golden Grizzly.
Oakland followed up with a 15-0 run and ran IPFW out of the Coliseum in its 86-68 victory.
And IPFW coach Dane Fife says that Oakland is just that good - probably the best team he's seen in his 5 1/2 years in the Summit League.
Keith Benson, the Grizzlies' 6-foot-11 center, wasn't that much of a factor, thanks to the physical play of IPFW freshman Michael Kibiloski. Benson had a pedestrian 10 points and eight rebounds.
The one who killed IPFW was guard Reggie Hamilton, who had 31 points and five assists.
IPFW had no answer.
Frank Gaines had 17 points and 11 rebounds for IPFW (11-6, 5-2). Ben Botts had 12, and Jeremy Mixon had 10.