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IPFW vs. Rochester

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Memorial Coliseum

Records: IPFW 0-1, Rochester 6-1

Radio: 1380 AM

IPFW leaders: Frank Gaines (32 ppg.), Joe Reed (10 rpg.), Reed, Pierre Bland (3 apg.)

Rochester leaders: Dramell Hogan (17.7 ppg.), Hogan (8.0 rpg.), Zef Deda (3.2 apg.)

Key matchup: Who’ll guard Frank Gaines? The 6-foot-4 senior guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., scored a career-high 32 points in IPFW’s season-opening loss at Auburn. Because he is long and athletic and has the ability to take the ball to the rim, Gaines will be a matchup problem for most teams this season in the Summit League.

The skinny: This will be Rochester’s eighth game. It played Lawrence Technological University on Monday night. The team from Rochester Hills, Mich., lost at Kent State, 77-71. Before Monday’s game, it averaged 77.3 points per game, while defensively, it allowed 50.7 points. The team also had 90 steals in its first seven games, led by Stavros Schizas, whose 18 steals leads the NAIA Division II.

– Steve Warden,

The Journal Gazette