Bryson Scott scored 31 points to lead IPFW past SIU-Edwardsville 86-71 Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.
“He's so coachable,” coach Jon Coffman said of Scott. “He's really been coachable in terms of buying into our process, listening to how we want to play the game. I think in Year 2, on the floor, he understands why we're doing things and the different reads.”
For Scott, it was his third game with 30 or more points this season.
“He's done a good job of building equity with his teammates, and his teammates have done the same for him,” Coffman said. “They're putting him in great spots and moving the ball to him.”
SIUE (1-6) used a 10-0 run early in the second half to get within 46-41 and eventually to 54-50 with 11:03 left. That's the closest the Cougars got as the Mastodons (6-3) closed on a 26-16 run.
“I think they were just making shots and were playing harder on the glass for a stretch,” Scott said. “They really didn't do anything that we didn't know about. They just played a little bit harder than us for a stretch and that's what helped them get back into the game.”
John Konchar recorded his 33rd career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Weir added 10 points.
IPFW had 19 assists on 28 baskets (68 percent).
“Over the last five years, we've averaged assists on about 60 percent of our baskets,” Coffman said. “Sometimes that number gets elevated when you shoot the 3 a little bit better.”
Weir led the Mastodons with five assists. Karson Harrell and Konchar each had four.
“We had 12 3s tonight. I think it fits,” Coffman said. “You always hear me yelling from the sidelines, 'get the ball happy.' It's happy when it's moving from guy to guy; we moved with great pace tonight. We played up and down the floor. We swung it side to side; we got the ball happy and those numbers kind of get up there when you have that.
“We had some guys attack off the dribble and get to the rim. We had a number more attacked off of that, but this is a good passing team. I like when that number's up. When we get about 60 percent, I like that.”
The Mastodons used a 10-0 run to lead 14-4 about six minutes into the first half. They led 43-31 at halftime.
Jalen Henry and Jaylen McCoy each scored 16 points to lead the Cougars.
“We put Henry and (Daniel Kinchen) in crowds all night long,” Coffman said. “Both of them were inefficient. Kinchen, who's averaging like 17 or 18 points per game, he was 0 for 6 for zero points, and Henry had 16 points, but it took him 19 shots to get there. I was really proud of what we were able to do there.”