FORT WAYNE – Records: IPFW 5-7, Kennesaw State 1-9
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Memorial Coliseum
Radio: 1380 AM
IPFW leaders: Frank Gaines (18.8 ppg), Mario Hines (6.1 rpg), Pierre Bland (2.3 apg)
Kennesaw State leaders: Markeith Cummings (18.0 ppg), Aaron Anderson (8.0 rpg), Delbert Love (3.5 apg)
Key matchup: Cummings is to the Kennesaw State offense as Gaines is to IPFWs. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior guard is the Owls major offensive threat, having scored in double figures in all games but one. He had a 31-point night against Radford. Cummings had 15 points in Kennesaw States 85-57 loss at Notre Dame on Wednesday. Anderson led the Owls against the Irish with 16 points.
The skinny: The Mastodons have lost three in a row and need a win before they jump into Summit League play at IUPUI on Dec. 27 and at Western Illinois on Dec. 29. Gaines will try to work his way out of a shooting slump. Since IPFWs victory over Dartmouth, the 6-4 senior guard has hit 20 of 66 shots from the floor for a .30.3 percentage. That includes a 2-for-14 game in IPFWs loss at Notre Dame. Kennesaw State comes in with an eight-game losing streak, although it lost four games this season by nine points or less.