Well, what do you know. The one that got away came crawling back.
IPFW's men's basketball team squandered an 18-point lead and then some Thursday night at the Gates Center, then reeled at least enough of it back in to claim a feast-famine-feast 75-69 Summit League victory over South Dakota.
The Mastodons (19-8, 7-3 Summit League) led 30-12 over the listless Coyotes with five minutes to play in the first half, only to see the not-at-all listless Coyotes score 18 of the first 24 points of the second half and take a 40-38 lead, their first of the night, with 12:54 to play.
South Dakota led four more times after that, until a Mo Evans three snapped a 48-48 tie with 7:26 to play. It was the watershed moment in a 15-3 IPFW run instigated primarily at the defensive end, where this one was going to be decided on a night when the Mastodons shot just 37.9 percent.
Evans (17 points) and Luis Jacobo (15) led the Mastodons, who also got a huge game inside from Steve Forbes, who finished with a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) that was key to the Mastodons 41-32 dominance of the glass -- particularly at the offensive end, where they raked 17 of their total.
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