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Mastodons End Record-breaking Season with Loss in Second Round of Post-season Tournament


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Written by: Communicator StaffMarch 26, 2014

This year, the Mastodons stomped their way to a record breaking season and made school history with an appearance in the Summit League Championship game.

Head coach Tony Jasick even got an award. This year, Mid-Major Madness named him the number one sexiest mid-major basketball coach, saying “he’s young, attractive, and successful as a coach.” CollegeInsider.com also put him in the Top 100 list, noting “this guy looks like he should be on the cover of GQ”.

While that certainly brought some attention to the program at IPFW, it was the team itself that gained the most media attention.

This season, the team brought home 24 wins and 10 losses, the most single season wins in the program’s history, which topped the 23-win 1992-93 season. This season’s record also stands as the best win percentage and total wins in the state among NCAA Division 1 programs.

Individual players on the team have also broken school and personal records.

Freshman Mo Evans has the fourth most points by a freshman in the program’s history. Evans also averages just under 10 points per game. Senior Steve Forbes is ranked No. 16 in individual field goal percentage by ESPN in the country and leads the team in blocks and rebounds with 16 and 14, respectively. Senior Luis Jacobo was named the Summit League Player of the Week twice this season, as well.

According to a pre-season poll made by coaches and media, the team was predicted to finish sixth in the Summit League Tournament, but the Mastodons did better, finishing the season in second place behind North Dakota State – the reigning champs.

IPFW faced IUPUI in the first game of the Summit League Tournament. The Mastodons scowled at the Jags with an intimidating final score of 85-47.
IPFW moved on in the tournament, battling South Dakota State for the second place slot in the Summit League. The Mastodons played the Jackrabbits three times during the regular season, with South Dakota winning two of the three games. While the game stayed extremely close the entire time, the Mastodons walked away with a 64-60 win.

IPFW then made school history, earning their way to the Summit League Tournament Championship game.

For the Summit League Tournament, IPFW played North Dakota State. This season, IPFW and NDSU split the two games they played, each taking home one win. IPFW has never gotten to the big dance and NDSU has made one appearance in their 08-09 season, which they lost in the first round.

Both teams kept adding baskets to the board, and eventually tied at 14. The Mastodons lead the Bisons for a majority of the game, until NDSU grabbed a four-point advantage that IPFW could not overcome. The Bisons won the game 60-57, stealing the championship title from the Mastodons.

The loss did not end the season for the Mastodons, however. IPFW accepted a bid from the College Insider Tournament and played against the Akron Zips for the first time. IPFW won in the game against Akron, both teams switched leads multiple times during the entire game, but IPFW eventually walked away with a 97-91 win and advanced in the post-season tourney.

The team then received notice of the next opponent, The Virginia Military Institute. VMI has made three NCAA appearances and ended their 2013-2014 season with a 14-17 record in the Big South Conference.

The high scoring game with the VMI Keydets ended in heartbreak for IPFW and ended their season as VMI won 106-95.

Story by: Rachel Given