OMAHA, Neb. – Steve Forbes scored 21 points, including two free throws with three-tenths of a second left, to lift IPFW to a 96-95 overtime victory over Omaha on Saturday and secure the No. 2 seed for Summit League tournament.
Forbes, fouled by John Karhoff on a 3-point attempt, made the first two free throws for the victory. The Mastodons (22-9, 10-4) got a basket by Pierre Bland with 4 seconds left to cut Omaha’s lead to one and a turnover gave the ball back to IPFW.
In regulation, a 3-pointer by the Mavericks’ Devin Patterson with 2.7 seconds left triggered overtime.
Luis Jacobo scored 20 points and Pierre Bland and Joe Edwards added 18 apiece for IPFW. Bland also had 10 assists. Marcus Tyus scored 21 points for Omaha (16-14, 5-9).
GRACE 68, SPRING ARBOR 67: In Winona Lake, the Lancers are a game away from earning an automatic berth in the NAIA tournament after Greg Miller’s 19 points helped lead them to a win in the Crossroads League semifinals. Grace (18-13) will face Bethel, a 109-95 overtine winner over Indiana Wesleyan, on Tuesday.
BALL ST. 74, C. MICHIGAN 71: In Muncie, Majok Majok had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jesse Berry scored 20 to lead the Cardinals (5-22, 2-14 Mid-American.)
NORTHERN IOWA 71, INDIANA ST. 69: In Terre Haute, Seth Tuttle scored 23 points as the Panthers (16-14, 10-8 Missouri Valley) came out ahead in a game in which both teams lost double-digit leads. Indiana State (21-9, 12-16 ) had a chance to win, but Jake Odum’s 3-point try at the buzzer missed.
EVANSVILLE 75, LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 72: In Chicago, D.J. Balentine scored 24 points and the Purple Aces (13-18, 6-12) avoided sharing the Missouri Valley cellar position with first-year member Loyola (9-21, 4-14).
CLEVELAND ST. 63, VALPARAISO 52: In Valparaiso, Trey Lewis and Marlin Mason scored 11 points to lead Cleveland State (21-10, 12-4 Horizon) past Valpo (17-14, 9-7), which got 13 points from LaVonte Dority.
DAVENPORT 81, INDIANA TECH 60: In Grand Rapids, Mich., the Warriors run in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament ended in the semifinals. Kiley Camp scored 16 for Indiana Tech (19-13). Kelcie Haizlip scored 23 for Davenport (30-1).
TRANSYLVANIA 72, MANCHESTER 62: At Lexington, Ky., Erynn Meiklejohn scored 12 points, but the Spartan (14-12) were eliminated from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinals.