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IPFW men will play tourney game at home

It’s official: Basketball season is not yet over in the Gates Center.

According to the university, the IPFW men (24-10) will play host to a first-round game of the tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Their opponent will likely be set late Sunday or Monday. If IPFW is invited to the NIT, the Mastodons will accept.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase not only the men’s basketball program, but the entire athletic department,” IPFW athletic director Kelley Hartley Hutton said.

This will be the first postseason tournament appearance for the Mastodons in their Division I history.


Former Luers star makes Parade team

Former Bishop Luers star guard James Blackmon Jr., an Indiana University recruit, was named to the Parade magazine All-America team. Blackmon moved to Marion before this season and played for his father and former Knights coach, James Blackmon Sr., with the Giants.


Hockey player to receive medal

Swedish hockey star Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal despite his positive drug test in Sochi. The IOC sais its provisional suspension of Backstrom – imposed hours before the Feb. 23 final against Canada – was “fully justified.” But the IOC said there was no intention to improve performance and “the athlete should be entitled to receive the silver medal and diploma awarded for men’s ice hockey.” The Washington Capitals center tested positive for the stimulant pseudoephedrine on Feb. 19.


Djokovic cruises

In Indian Wells, Calif., Novak Djokovic beat Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open. Djokovic, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, will play either Ernests Gulbis or American John Isner in today’s semifinals. Four-time winner Roger Federer will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the other semi.


IPFW men win in 3

The IPFW men beat Lees-McRae 3-0 at the Gates Center. The Mastodons (14-4) won 25-11, 25-22, 25-15. The start is the second-best in school history after 18 matches, with the 1998 and 1999 teams both starting 15-3. Andrew Sellan had 12 kills, while Eddie Rivera added 10, including the 1,000th of his career.