Despite hitting 13 of 22 shots for a .591 percentage, IPFW trails Western Illinois at the half, 41-34, at Memorial Coliseum.
Playing without center Trey McCorkle, who suffered an injury two days ago against IUPUI, IPFW can't get an established iinside game going, and allowing too many second chance rebounds.
Frank Gaines leads IPFW with 18 points of 7 of 10 shooting, and Michael Kibiloski has six points.
Western Illinois has eight offensive rebounds and 10 second chance points.
The Leathernecks are led by Jack Houpt's 16 points. He is 5 of 6 from three-point range.