SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- So much for the charmed third time.
On this night, there was only more harm for IUPUI at the hands of IPFW, as the Mastodons (23-9) simply ran the Jaguars out of Sioux Falls Arena, 85-47, in the quarterfinal round of The Summit League tournament.
It was the Mastodons' third double-digit win over the Jags this season, and it was lockjawed defense and plain stubbornness around the glass that ignited it.
IPFW outrebounded IUPUI 39-23, including 12-5 on the offensive end, and harassed the Jaguars into 16 turnovers and 21-of-51 shooting. And at the other end, the damage came from everywhere; Luis Jacobo led the Mastodons with 19 points, but Mo Evans (13), Steve Forbes (11) and Joe Edwards (10) also hit double figures, and Forbes (nine), Jacobo (seven) and Pierre Bland (six) cleaned the glass.
It was a dazzling first-half run that pretty much ended the supense.
After four early lead changes, the Mastodons put IUPUI in their wake, taking off on an 18-4 run highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Mo Evans and Michael Kibiloski. It would never get any better for IUPUI, which scored just eight points and turned it over six times across the last 12:23 of the first half to limp into halftime down 40-22.
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