Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette IPFW guard Jordon King scores two of his career-high 17 points Thursday against IU Kokomo at Memorial Coliseum. King finished 7-of-9 shooting in a career-high 21 minutes of play.
Friday, December 01, 2017 1:00 am
IPFW 99 IU Kokomo 63
Mastodons show what they can do
Everyone gets involved in blowout
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
Jordon King and and the rest of the Mastodons knew Thursday's contest against IU Kokomo was going to be an opportunity for every player to showcase his ability.
The Mastodons defeated the Cougars 99-63 at Memorial Coliseum, with help from 49 bench points, as every player had a field goal.
“Coach (Jon Coffman) said before the game that this game was about us, it was about us just being us on the defensive end and offensive end,” King said. “Sharing the ball and getting the ball up and down the court with pace and being mid-line, being in gaps, help defense, just doing what we do on the offensive and defensive end.”
The Mastodons (5-3) used an 18-6 run in the final six minutes of the half to build a 52-33 lead and came out of the break with a 17-7 run to build a 69-40 advantage.
The team closed on an 11-0 run for its biggest lead of the game.
“It was just one of those things where we tried to come out and be us. Just capitalize on the opportunity,” Jairus Stevens said. “We wanted everybody to get the chance to play. I guess we made a gap and everyone got the opportunity to play, and we all had energy the entire time. It was fun to be out there.”
The Mastodons were led by a career-high 17 points from King off the bench, on 7-of-9 shooting including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc in a season-high 21 minutes.
King is one example of a successful adjustment to the Division I level and the confidence that comes with it.
“(Last year), he just didn't feel like he was in the shape he needed to be in,” Coffman said of the senior guard. “I didn't mind the weight he was playing at last year, but he said he felt it. He felt slow and sluggish and it hurt his urgency.
“This year, he's come out. He's got even more in the tank. He's a talented player. He can put it on the deck, he can rebound, he can play above the rim, he can shoot the 3. If he continues to grow with his urgency and his execution of stacking details, he can do some really, really special things. He's played in every game, playing significant minutes and he's playing aggressive.”
Bryson Scott added 13 points, John Konchar added 12, Stevens scored a career-high 11 and Xzavier Taylor and Kason Harrell each had 10.
The Mastodons had a 49-40 edge in bench points, and also held the advantage in the paint (68-18) and on the fast-break (31-2).
“I think our group was really excited,” Coffman said. “Everybody got to play some minutes.
“We have a group sitting on our bench that are really good players and are going to be good players over their careers. And we have a lot of newcomers and getting them game experience and video clips of success and failure and being able to coach them up.”
The Cougars were led by Akil McClain's 16 points and Luke Smith added 12.
The Mastodons return to the Coliseum 2 p.m. Sunday, playing host to SIU-Edwardsville.
Note: Scott scored his 1,000th career collegiate point against IU Kokomo. He scored 291 points while at Purdue and the remainder at IPFW.