Fort Wayne 97, Akron 91
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (gomastodons.com) - In front of 1,433 loud Mastodon fans, the IPFW Mastodons came out victorious over the Akron Zips by a 97-91 final score, the program's first-ever post-season victory.
At 25-10, the Mastodons move into a tie for ninth place in Summit League history for total victories. The team has also scored the ninth-most points in a season in league history (2,679), as the team's 281 three-point field goals made rank seventh.
Seven players scored at least nine points for IPFW, led by 23 points from Luis Jacobo, while Steve Forbes scored 17, Mo Evans 15, and Pierre Bland 10. Isaiah McCray and Joe Edwards each fell a point shy of double figures with nine. Forbes pulled down a game-high seven rebounds, while Bland dished out seven assists.
The Mastodons are the last remaining men's team from the state of Indiana active in postseason play, and the squad will end the season with the most wins and best win percentage of any of the 10 NCAA Division I teams in the state. Full Story
Omaha 91, North Dakota 75
OMAHA, Neb. (omavs.com) – The Omaha men's basketball team made history on Wednesday night, earning its program's first Division I postseason win with a 91-75 triumph over North Dakota in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). In front of a crowd of 2,158 at Ralston Arena, the Mavericks improved to 17-14 on the season, while UND closed its year with a record of 17-16.
Omaha was led by a magnificent performance from junior forward Mike Rostampour, whose third career double-double came with 16 points and a career-high 21 rebounds. His rebound total was the sixth-highest for a single game in school history, tying Terry Sodawasser (1983-84) and Al Lainio (2000). Rostampour had 14 boards in the first half alone, the most since former Maverick Justin Petersen had 12 in the first half against St. Cloud State on Feb. 2, 2008.
Four other Mavericks joined Rostampour to score in double figures for the night: senior center John Karhoff (17), junior guard CJ Carter (14), senior guard Alex Phillips (13) and sophomore guard Marcus Tyus (13). Full Story
Old Dominion 72, South Dakota State 65
NORFOLK, Va. (gojacks.com) – South Dakota State climbed its way out of a big halftime hole to take a second half lead at Old Dominion on Wednesday, but the host Monarchs got it right back and held on for the 72-65 win in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.
The loss ends the Jackrabbits season with a 19-13 overall record, while the Monarchs even their record at 17-17, and advance to play either Radford or Oregon State in the CBI quarterfinals on Monday. Full Story