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IPFW plays VMI next, not Ohio

– Early Thursday, the tournament hit IPFW with the scheduling version of a crossover dribble.

The CIT decided the Mastodons would not be going to Athens, Ohio, to play Ohio University in the second round after all. Instead, the Mastodons will go to Lexington, Va., to play VMI. Tip time is 1 p.m. Saturday.

VMI, which plays in the Big South Conference, is 20-12 and went 11-5 in the conference. The Keydets, who are 13-2 at home, opened the CIT with a 111-100 win over Canisius at Buffalo, N.Y.


IUPUI 72, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 66: The Jaguars (23-9) got 19 points from DeAirra Gross and 14 and 10 rebounds from Nevena Markovic to eliminate the Chippewas (20-12). Kerby Tamm led the Chippewas with 15 points and Jas`Mine Bracey added 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

INDIANA 48, BELMONT 47: Larryn Brooks and Lyndsay Leikem scored 11 apiece to lead the Hoosiers (19-12), who are making their first postseason appearance since 2009.

Belmont’s Jordyn Luffman led all scorers with 15 points and dished out five assists.

Indiana will play host to Marquette in second-round action at 7 p.m. Saturday.

MARQUETTE 63, INDIANA STATE 61: Jasmine Grier scored 21 points to lead four double-figure scorers, but it wasn’t enough as the Sycamores (21-11) bowed out.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 78, BUTLER 61: The Jackrabbits took a 38-27 halftime lead and made it stand up against the Bulldogs (15-16). Liz Stratman led Butler with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

NORTHWESTERN 69, BALL STATE 65: The Cardinals (18-17) squandered a four-point halftime lead as the Wildcats outscored the Cardinals 35-27 in the second half. Brittany Carter led four double-figure scorers for Ball State with 17 points.