Yeah, I got a little behind on my IPFW recaps. That happens sometimes. Our IPFW Mastodons have played two games since I last wrote anything and both games came at home. IPFW was 0-2 to start their conference season and they were in desperate need of a victory. IPFW played Denver at home first and Denver was the only team in conference that beat them at home last season. This season it would not be the case as IPFW handled Denver pretty easily. They won 69-53. This could end up being the opposite of last season. Denver might end up being the only team the ‘Dons beat at home. They followed up the Denver win with a home loss to South Dakota. It was a close one but IPFW could not prevail as they lost 64-62.
A Consistent Mo
Mo Evans has been very hit and miss with his games this season. There have been lots of bad shooting nights for the IPFW sophomore. He had a better time in these last two games. Mo scored 16 points against Denver with 5-of-9 (3-4 3PT) shooting. Mo continued playing well into the next game with another 16 point game. He didn’t shoot the ball as well in that one, but he still got his points going 6-of-13 (2-6 3PT). I would gladly take 16 points from Mo Evans every game. Keep that shooting consistent, Mo!
A Return to Form for Steve
Our boy Steve Forbes finally broke out of his rut. Now it didn’t happen in the Denver game. He was still pretty bad in that game. He only had 7 points on 1-of-3 shooting (5-6 FT). They didn’t need a great Steve Forbes in that one. The one true destroyer Steve Forbes returned against South Dakota. The big guy scored 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting. That’s the Steve we need even though IPFW lost that game. We’ll take the good with the bad as long as it means Steve Forbes is back to form.
Inconsistency has been a killer for IPFW this season. Let’s compare the last two games of players.
Isaiah McCray was pretty nonexistent on the stat lines in the Denver game. He only took one shot (a miss) and grabbed one rebound. He did more in the South Dakota loss. He scored 7 points on 2-of-8 shooting (2-6 3PT). McCray also had 3 assists and 3 blocks. We’ll ignore those 3 turnovers. Too bad he didn’t make more of his shots in that South Dakota game. That’s the breaks sometimes.
Joe Reed had a good 12 point performance in the Denver win. I’d say he was a big part of the win there. I’d also say he was a big part of the loss to South Dakota because we didn’t get too much production out of him. You can partly blame that on the big game from Steve Forbes. Steve took up all the points in the paint. Reed only scored 2 points in the South Dakota game.
Joe Edwards was consistent in both games. He scored 8 points in both of them and he shot the ball well in both. Edwards does the little things well. He grabs rebounds and dishes the occasional assist. We need more from this guy.
Now back to that inconsistency I was talking about, let’s talk Max Landis. Landis had his best game at IPFW in the Denver win. He scored 13 points thanks to 3-of-4 3PT shooting. The South Dakota game didn’t go that well. No points for Max in the loss and he missed all three of his shots.
Michael Calder had 7 points in the win over Denver and 2 points in the South Dakota loss. I’m sensing a theme here.
Jure Gunjina scored 6 points in the Denver game and only 3 points in the South Dakota game.
So besides Isaiah McCray and Steve Forbes, everyone played worse in the South Dakota game. That pretty much explains the loss. You can even argue that McCray playing better in the Dakota game wasn’t of much help since he shot poorly. IPFW will need to gain a little more consistency from a couple people if they want to finish in the middle of the Summit League.
Next: Saturday at Oral Roberts
IPFW will travel to play a good Oral Roberts team this Saturday. Oral Roberts is currently tied for the Summit League lead at 3-1 in conference play. IPFW is right above Omaha for second to last place at 1-3. Two of those losses for IPFW came at home which is bad. Really bad. I don’t like IPFW’s chances of beating Oral Roberts. I would have liked them better at the beginning of the season but my faith has waned a bit. This team is still capable, but IPFW needs to bring the pieces together. I still believe. Show me that magic, IPFW!