Tuesday, March 15, 2016 3:35 pm
IPFW secures 1st Summit title
IPFW defeated Western Illinois 87-75 Thursday in Macomb, Illinois, to clinch its first Summit League regular-season championship.
The Mastodons (23-7) are in first place in the Summit League at 12-3, with a road game at IUPUI on Saturday still left in the regular season.
Max Landis led IPFW with 24 points and was 5 of 12 on 3-point shooting, bringing his season total in 3’s to 108. John Konchar and Michael Calder each added 19 points.
South Dakota State (11-4) also won Thursday and is a game behind of IPFW. If the two teams finish tied in conference play, IPFW wins the title because it holds the deciding tiebreaker.
The teams split the regular-season series, but the Mastodons would hold the second tie-breaker, going 2-0 against third-place Omaha while the Jackrabbits split against the Mavericks. Omaha secured third place Thursday with a win.
With a regular-season championship, IPFW has secured an NIT postseason bid, if the Mastodons were to not win the conference tournament and get an NCAA tournament bid.
SOUTH DAKOTA 85, IUPUI 82: In Indianapolis, Tyler Flack scored 22 points and Trey Norris had 17 to lead the Coyotes (14-16, Summit League).
GOSHEN 92, GRACE 85, OT: In Goshen, Dominique Bolden scored 22 and Devin Heath-Granger added 20 to lead the Maple Leafs (19-12). They advanced to face Saint Francis on Saturday.
INDIANA WESLEYAN 87, HUNTINGTON 79: In Marion, Lane Mahurin scored 24, Jonny Marlin added 20 and Bob Peters 18 for the Wildcats (27-4). They play host to Bethel in Saturday’s semifinal match.
SOUTH DAKOTA 90, IPFW 63: At the Gates Center, Tia Hemiller led the Coyotes (23-5, 14-1 Summit League) with 14 points, Nicole Seekamp added 11 and Kate Liveringhouse 10 as South Dakota won its second consecutive league title.
INDIANA TECH 68, CORNERSTONE 58: At the Schaefer Center, conference newcomer of the year Haley Cook led the Warriors (21-10) with 14 points in a first-round matchup of the WHAC tournament.
PURDUE 74, RUTGERS 68, OT: In West Lafayette, Dominique McBryde scored seven of Purdue’s 13 points in overtime and finished with 23 points to lead the Boilermakers (18-10, 9-8 Big Ten).