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Summit League notebook

Night of firsts for Mastodons: 24 wins, berth in title game

– They’ve already made history this season. So a little more wouldn’t hurt anything, right?

Entering Monday’s Summit League semifinal game, IPFW was tied for most victories in school history.

That’s history now. IPFW won its school-record 24th game of the season with a 64-60 victory over South Dakota State. The victory smashed a couple of other landmarks.

It was the first time the Mastodons (24-9) had beaten South Dakota State in South Dakota since 2010.

And it is the first time they had ever reached the conference tournament finals. The Mastodons were 0-3 lifetime in the semis.

IPFW will play top-seeded North Dakota State at 9 tonight in the championship game.

A long day’s wait

The Mastodons and Jackrabbits had to wait a long time to get after it Monday, playing the last game of the day at 8:30 p.m. South Dakota time – which translates to 9:30 p.m. Fort Wayne time.

Not that IPFW coach Tony Jasick saw that as a particular issue.

“I do think that it’s a long day,” he said. “But with that being said, our regular games are sometimes at 7 (p.m.), sometimes at 7:30. So it’s not anything crazy. The other thing I’ll say in regards to that, South Dakota State is playing at the same time we are. It’s a long day for them as well.”

Lucky T-shirt

So by now most of the world knows that the website Mid-Major Madness has listed Jasick as the sexiest mid-major coach, which prompted IPFW to roll out T-shirts proclaiming “Our Coach Is Sexier Than Yours.”

Fast forward to Monday, when IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein said she’d be wearing her “lucky” T-shirt at the game that night.

Three guesses which shirt that is.

bensmith@jg.net

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