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  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette IPFW’s Kason Harrell drives through Detroit Mercy’s defense during the first half Tuesday night at Memorial Coliseum. Harrell scored 18 points in the Mastodons’ victory.

  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette IPFW guard Bryson Scott scores two of his career-best 34 points over Detroit Mercy's Jermaine Jackson.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:00 am

IPFW 91 Detroit Mercy 82

Mastodons finish strong as Scott has career night

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

Bryson Scott scored a career-high 34 points as the IPFW men's basketball team defeated Detroit Mercy 91-82 at Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Mastodons led by as much as 16, at 65-49, with 12:36 left in the game, but the Titans of the Horizon League responded with a 24-9 run in 7:26 to get within 74-73 with 5:10 left.

“We just kind of relaxed,” Scott said. “We got a pretty comfortable lead on them and they kept up with that press and kept putting pressure on us, sped us up a little bit, forced us into making some turnovers. But we got back into a groove and were able to finish.”

IPFW held strong and closed the game on a 17-9 run for the win.

“The real learning experience was at the tail end of the game,” coach Jon Coffman said. “Detroit was relentless, they just kept coming, kept coming. We didn't execute some details, we had a couple immature plays, they made a couple plays. We took a couple quick shots when we didn't execute and grind the clock and move it side to side. The next thing you know, it's a one-point game.”

At the start of the game, the teams matched each other's baskets for the first three minutes until the Titans' Kameron Chatman scored a 3 to give Detroit (4-3) a 9-8 advantage.

The Mastodons (4-3) responded with a 10-2 run to go up 18-11. But the Titans went on a 21-10 run to go up 32-28 with 3:15 left in the half.

IPFW closed the half on an 11-2 run to go into halftime up 39-34.

“We adjusted pretty well to when instead of going into our zone, we went five-out and just ran our man stuff,” Coffman said. “We adapted to that pretty well and got them out of the zone pretty quick. That made them adjust to us instead of us adjusting to them.”

Scott went 10 of 18 from the field, 4 of 8 from 3 and a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. His 34 points were the most for a Mastodons player since Max Landis scored 44 on Feb. 4, 2016, at South Dakota.

“When Bryson can get into attack mode and get to the free-throw line like he did tonight, that really helps us,” Coffman said. “We focused in on getting better on the defensive end this year and then getting better (at drawing) fouls to get to the free-throw line. That's where Bryson takes us to the next level, that's why we try and give him a little more freedom when he gets into crowds because he has the capability of drawing fouls where some of our other guys don't have that knack like he has.”

John Konchar and Kason Harrell each scored 18 points, and Konchar had a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Mastodons outrebounded the Titans 40-34, 11-6 on the offensive end. Overall, IPFW managed to adjust to everything Detroit threw its way.

“They played three different presses, two different zones, man-to man, shifted up their ball-screen defense,” Coffman said, “and really tried to take the flow out of the game. Our group adjusted to it, and when we began playing with the pace we like to play with and when we got into attack mode, we got good separation, particularly in the second half.”

Chatman led the Titans with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field.

IPFW hosts IU-Kokomo at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Coliseum.

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