Saturday, December 23, 2017 1:00 am
Poor shooting in 1st half costs IPFW
Staff, news services
NEW ORLEANS – Daquan Bracey scored 25 points, Jacobi Boykins added 23 and Louisiana Tech took advantage of a cold-shooting first half by IPFW to defeat the Mastodons 85-76 on Friday in the championship game of the New Orleans Shootout.
The first half was the difference when IPFW shot 38 percent (10 of 26), and the Bulldogs shot 57 percent (16 of 28) with five 3s to lead 38-30 at halftime.
Oliver Powell added 17 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting as the Bulldogs (9-4) made 10 of 20 3-pointers and shot 52.5 percent (31 of 59) for the game.
Northrop graduate Bryson Scott had 27 points for the Mastodons (9-6) and Ken Harrell had 10.
A 3-pointer by Jordon King pulled the Mastodons within 76-74 with 3:25 to play, but then Bracey scored the next seven points, starting with three free throws at the 2:45 mark. He followed with a layup and two free throws with 1:09 left.
IPFW trailed by seven with just under a minute left but missed two free throws and had a turnover before the Bulldogs' Exavian Christon got behind the defense for a dunk to close it out.
BALL STATE 70, JACKSON STATE 54: In Muncie, Carroll graduate Kyle Mallers had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinals won their seventh straight game, their longest winning streak since the 2010-11 season.
Francis Kiapway and Sean Sellers each had 11 points – hitting three 3s apiece – for Ball State (7-4), which hit 56.5 percent from the field in the second half.
ELON 73, INDIANA STATE 68: In Terre Haute, Dmitri Thompson and Tyler Seibring turned in double-doubles, and the Phoenix (8-5) rallied after blowing a 17-point lead. Thompson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Seibring had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Northrop graduate Brenton Scott had 20 points for the Sycamores (5-7).
GRACE 61, ROOSEVELT 54: In Chicago, the Lancers outscored the Lakers 46-29 in the second half to rally for the win in the CCAC vs. Crossroads Classic.
Vironnica Drake had 15 points and Brooke Sugg 14 for Grace (8-7).