Fort Wayne Downs IUPUI in Quarterfinals

Fort Wayne's Steve Forbes - Photo by Inertia Sports Media
Fort Wayne's Steve Forbes - Photo by Inertia Sports Media

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The Basics
Score: No. 2 Fort Wayne 85, No. 7 IUPUI 47
Records: Fort Wayne (23-9), IUPUI (6-26)
Location: Sioux Falls Arena - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - No. 2 Fort Wayne cruised into the semifinals of The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament with an 85-47 victory over in-state rival No. 7 IUPUI Saturday night.

The Mastodons, 23-9, shot 57 percent from the field and put four players in double figures led by 6-5 senior Luis Jacobo with 19 points. Mo Evans added 13, Steve Forbes 11 points and nine rebounds, and Joe Edwards 10 for Fort Wayne, which led 40-22 at halftime.

For IUPUI, which closed its season 6-26, senior Mitch Patton led the way with 18 points while Ian Chiles scored 12.

Turning Point

After holding a tenuous two-point lead at the game's second television timeout, Fort Wayne outscored IUPUI 24-8 over the remainder of the first half for an 18-point halftime advantage.

Inside The Box Score

  • Fort Wayne shot 57.1 percent from the field and had a 39-23 rebound advantage.
  • The Mastodons dished out 19 assists in the game.

News & Notes

  • The No. 2 seed has won five consecutive quarterfinals and is now 23-6 against the No. 7.
  • Fort Wayne is now 4-3 all-time in Summit League quarterfinal games.
  • IUPUI dropped its third consecutive quarterfinal game.
  • The 38-point margin was the largest for any Summit League Tournament men's game played in Sioux Falls. It marked the largest victory margin since Green Bay's 40-point win over Western Illinois in the 1994 quarterfinal and ties for the second-largest all-time (also Valparaiso over Cleveland over Chicago State in 1999 quarterfinal).
  • The 47 points surrendered by Fort Wayne was a season-low, besting the previous low of 56 against Western Illinois (2/27).
  • Fort Wayne tied school record with 23 wins.

Up Next
Fort Wayne advances to the semifinals and will face the winner of Sunday's contest between No. 3 South Dakota State and No. 6 Western Illinois. The semifinal game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. CT tip-off and will be televised regionally on Midco Sports Network and nationally on Fox College Sports.

Quotes

Fort Wayne coach Tony Jasick

"I thought we did a really good job defensively after the first five minutes of the game and it set the tone offensively for us. It got us some easy baskets."

on whether that was as a complete of performance as his program has had in this tournament
"
I don't know, but we played pretty well and it was a great credit to our players."

on what the message to the arena with that performance
"I don't' now, but I think our team played well. When we get some stops, it helps our offense and I think we did that tonight.

on the value of Joe Reed to the program
"Steve [Forbes] gets a lot of double teams. When he goes out, that drops off. Joe goes under the radar. But he is an effective offensive player for us.  He's a very, very important part of what we're trying to do."

on whether he anticipated a season like this
"I don't know that you can predict a school record for wins (23).  But I expected a good team and we had good guys coming in, but you can't predict character and chemistry. I did think we had a chance to have a nice team."

Fort Wayne forward Luis Jacabo

on how it was 14-14 and then it looked like defense really turned it on for you
"
Our preparation for this game really paid off. Our ball screen defense was our main focus for this ball game."

on how important is it to reach the finals and what is key to getting there  
"Staying together as a team, no one getting out of character and trying to make too great of plays, and playing together as a team."

on whether it is hard to maintain a high level of concentration when you get a big lead like this
"Sometimes it can be, but we can't allow ourselves to be unfocused. I felt like the last 10 minutes we needed to focus on getting better, working on offense, working on defense.

Fort Wayne forward Steve Forbes

on whether there was an effort to get him more involved offensively in the second half "My teammates talked about it. It starts inside out. That's how we executed.  We try to emphasize rebounding. That's what we do well."

IUPUI head coach Todd Howard

"It was a scenario where you want to craft possible scenarios.  That being us getting some confidence and its two-fold situation. We got off to a start that, I think, was manageable. The cushion was there, and it kind of grew. I thought they were very guardable. What gave them momentum the second half was they made 18 shots the first half when, in theory, I think they made 12 or 13. They just didn't corral the rebound. It's a team that's been around a long time, a team with experience. Two years ago, they were the eigth seed. Now they have seven, eight, nine guys that played multiple minutes together, hundreds of games together and that's what that looks like. Anyone that thinks otherwise really just doesn't know. It's a credit to them. We needed just a few pieces to get going. He [Patton] means something to our program. We have just a few freshmen, a couple guys sitting out- We got two guys, Don[ovan] and Mitch [Patton], who have really great league experience. I am very very proud. All five of them [freshmen] are probably going to get multiple degrees. Jump-ball guys, 10 years from now, are all going to have two degrees- and that's a testament to the guys and their families. Tonight, we just couldn't get the traction that we needed mainly because when you have five freshmen and injuries, and some guys sitting out, you're just not a full strength at a time that I've never seen the league older or better. I'm very proud of Mitch. He's just coming back from a broken hand."

IUPUI center Mitch Patton

on the differences in defending Forbes and Reed
"They are two completely different players. [Steve] Forbes weighs more than 300 pounds, has more than 70 pounds on me right there, so you do your best to push him out. Reed uses his quickness. I thought I would have more size on him, but he uses his quickness which is pretty tough."

on the whether this is as talented of a team as that program has had
"That shows. It goes without showing- for a majority of the year when you're shooting 50% and then 40% from the line, they rebounded a high level and got a ton of points in the paint. It's hard for the pendulum not to swing your way, even if you have some short-comings. There are some offensive teams in our league that play really fast. Fort Wayne makes quality shots. [Luis] Jacobo, [Michael] Kibiloski, [Herbert] Graham, [Joe] Reed, [Joe] Edwards, those guys have played together a long time. I like how they've done it. 24 months ago, they were freshmen and sophomores. You let those guys play together in games, a bunch of post seasons, those are some quality pieces. I really liked those top two teams in the league."

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