IPFW men’s basketball walk-on Trevor Osborn doesn’t get a whole lot of playing time and it’s something he has accepted.
But he made his mark with the Mastodons’ 21st 3-point basket to set a program record in a 115-60 win over NCAA Division III Olivet at the Gates Center on Monday.
"That was pretty cool," Osborn said. "We just played unselfishly the whole night. They were in that zone and we were just hitting the middle, kicking it out and getting open looks. It was a whole team effort, for sure."
IPFW coach Jon Coffman didn’t know immediately the true significance of the basket, but it didn’t take long for him to find out.
"I didn’t know, but someone said it behind me at the scorer’s table so I knew it shortly after that," he said. "It wasn’t like we set it up or anything. It just happened in the flow of stuff, so that’s pretty cool (since he’s a) Fort Wayne native. I’m really proud of Trevor."
The team had 35 assists on 43 baskets, tied for second in the country with Memphis and only one behind Oregon’s 36 this season.
"We were just playing unselfish, getting the ball happy, like coach says, just playing hard and doing the right thing," said freshman Jax Levitch, who scored a career-high 14 points. "They were running and jumping a lot, pressing a lot so we were getting out in transition and finding the right person.
"We were just trying to play with good habits and not practice bad habits so when we do get back into conference play, we still have the same mindset and same goal that we have each game."
The Mastodons’ bench outscored the Comets’ bench 59-29.
"I worked in some guys who haven’t played significant minutes with guys that do, getting in some different rotation and I thought that was good, too," Coffman said. "I’m pleased with the evening, pleased with the effort, excited to take another step forward and starting to prep for South Dakota."
The Mastodons jumped out to a 10-0 lead, after which the Comets were able to get within 13-9 with 16:15 left in the first half. IPFW responded with a 21-5 run, and Olivet failed to score a basket for more than 7 minutes.
Mo Evans led the way with 21 points, Kason Harrell had 14, Charles Ruise Jr. added 13, Jordon King 12, Bryson Scott 11 and Racine Talla 10.
For the Comets, Aaron Washington, a Snider graduate, had 15 points and Chris Chrzan added 13.