Fort Wayne, IN - Demetrius Johnson registered the first triple-double in IPFW Division-I history, and Jaraun Burrows added 21 points as IPFW topped UMKC, 79-70 in a wild Summit League game Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum.
Johnson had 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. "Meechie" also had two blocks and two steals in the game.
The UMKC loss ruined a 35-point effort from junior guard/forward Dane Brumagin. Brumagin also had 40 points in Thursday night's 114-105 overtime loss at Oakland.
Brumajin started scoring as soon as he got off the bus. The 6-4 sniper hit 10-11 shots in the first half, most with a Mastodon draped all over him. He had 23 points at the break.
The Kangaroos led by as many as 10 in the first half, but senior forward DeWitt Scott's three triples and senior forward Jaraun Burrows five buckets inside brought IPFW closer at, 45-38 at the intermission.
In the second half, IPFW erased that lead. A layup by Burrows, a steal and a dunk by junior guard Jakari Johnson, and a triple from freshman guard Ben Botts tied it at 45 and caused UMKC to take a quick timeout.
The Kangaroos took the lead back on a Brumajin triple at the 9:11 mark, making it 62-57.
But, IPFW would regain the lead for good on a mid-range jumper from senior guard Chris Perkins with just over six minutes remaining.
Burrows put an exclamation point on the game with a thunderous slam with :44 left...the assist coming from Johnson.
Brumajin and senior guard/forward Tim Blackwell were the only two Kangaroos to score in the second half for UMKC. Blackwell finished with 19 points.
Four Mastodons hit for double-digits. Burrows' 21-point effort led the way. Scott added 18. Demetrius Johnson had a triple in his 17-point total and Botts chipped in 10.
UMKC (3-7, 0-2 Summit League) hit for 44.4% in the game. They were outrebounded by the 'Dons 31-28.
IPFW (4-4, 2-0 Summit League) shot 50.9% and turned the ball over only eight times, a season low.
For the Mastodons, it is the quickest the program has reached four wins in their short Division I history.
At 2-0, IPFW is in a tie for first place in the Summit League. The Mastodons will return to action with a three-game road swing. The 'Dons open up the roady on December 15 at #10 Michigan State. The trip continues on December 17 at #15 Marquette and ends on December 20 at Kent State.
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