Terre Haute, IN - IPFW emerged from an 18-point second half hole, only to let the game slip away in the final moments, as the Mastodons fell to
1-3 with a 63-55 loss at Indiana State on Saturday afternoon.
IPFW, which went stone-cold, allowing Indiana State to go on a 16-0 run at the end of the first half, began to make their comeback with 9:38 remaining in the game.
Senior forward DeWitt Scott got the ball rolling with a short 13-foot jumper.
Then it was the emergence on the freshman. Guard Ben Botts spotted up and drilled a three. Guard Zach Plackemeier followed that up with a pair of slashing reverse layups to cut the Indiana State lead to eight at 47-39.
The 'Dons were able to make their own 21-3 run on the strength of a change to a 1-3-1 zone defense and the defensive play of senior forward Armend Ademi. Ademi was inserted into the lineup because of IPFW's front-court foul trouble. "A.D." responded by altering or deflecting a number of Sycamore passes and cleaning the glass after ISU misses.
After another Botts triple, Scott knocked down another mid-range jumper, and finished the run off with a dunk to make it 51-50, IPFW with 3:33 left.
But, a crucial charging call on Plackemeier, and buckets by Indiana State's Harry Marshall and Gabe Moore gave the Sycamores some breathing room. They hit their foul shots down the stretch to take the game by eight.
Botts led the Mastodons in scoring (his third time this season) with a game-high 13 points. Scott and Demetrius Johnson chipped in 11.
Indiana State (3-2) had four players in double-figures with junior forward Adam Arnold's 12 leading the way.
The Mastodons outrebounded the Sycamores, 30-29 and outshot Indiana State, 45.5% to 42.3%.
ISU was 18-24 from the foul line, while the 'Dons were 10-13.
IPFW falls to 1-3 with the loss. They will return to action on Monday night, taking on Big 12 opponent Nebraska. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m.
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