INDIANAPOLIS – Unable to find an offensive rhythm, it took IPFW more than four minutes to register its first points. The Mastodons missed their first five field goal attempts. But when your opponent starts just 3 of 11 from the field – which is what IUPUI did – a poor four minutes is negated.
The first half was far from a shooting exhibition as the teams combined to go 25 of 58 from the field. A 12-2 IPFW run midway through half erased a three-point deficit, and it kept the foot on the gas pedal. The Mastodons ended the half outscoring IUPUI 26-14.
IPFW shot 50 percent after its gloomy start and leads 32-23 at halftime.
Reigning Summit League player of the week Max Landis, an Indianapolis native, has a game-high nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, three assists and two rebounds. Steve Forbes has eight points and three rebounds.
Joe Edwards picked up his second foul with 11:13 left and sat the remainder of the first half.
IPFW forced seven turnovers and tallied four steals.