You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Mastodon tracks

  • IPFW falls in MIVA tournament semifinals
    Against a dominant foe, the No. 14 IPFW men’s volleyball season came to an end Wednesday night in the semifinals of the MIVA tournament. The Mastodons fell to No. 1 Loyola Chicago 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-21) at Gentile Arena in Chicago.
  • Ex-Mastodon earns D-League award
    Former IPFW standout Frank Gaines was named the D-League’s most improved player Tuesday after his first season in the league.
  • IPFW sweeps Ohio State in volleyball
    The set-up was similar and the outcome was the same, but the journey was a little different – and quicker – for the IPFW men’s volleyball team.Just like the two previous times againstOhioStatethis year, the Mastodons won

Mastodons flatten North Dakota State

There are worse ways to raise the curtain.

In the Summit League opener for both schools, IPFW used a sparkling first half to build a seven-point halftime, then answered multiple challenges in the second half with ball-hawking defense and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to punch out preseason conference favorite North Dakota State, 82-71, in the Gates Center on Thursday.

The Mastodons (13-5, 1-0) built a 38-31 halftime lead off 17-2 run in the first half, then kept the Bison (12-5, 0-1) at arm's length the rest of the way. IPFW still led 59-51 with 7:47 to play when a three by Taylor Braun and a bucket and free throw by Lawrence Alexander trimmed it to 62-59 with 5:27 showing.

But Pierre Bland, big on both ends all night, answered by banking in a three from straightaway, Joe Reed cashed a bucket and free throw and Bland put back a transition miss off a Mo Evans steal, and the Mastodons the lead was back to 70-61 with 3:45 showing.

It proved enough.

The Mastodons put four players in double figures, led by Luis Jacobo with 20. They outscored the Bison 29-5 off the bench and forced 15 turnovers, out of which they outscored the Bison 24-10. And when the game was on the line, they secured from the free throw line, where they were 20-of-21.