In a city thick with history, the IPFW Mastodons finally ran out of history to make.
Free-swinging VMI used an 18-8 run across the last six minutes of the first half to race into halftime with a nine-point lead, and the Keydets (21-12) kept the Mastodons (25-11) at arm’s length the rest of the way Saturday to knock IPFW out of the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament, 106-95.
The Keydets rode D.J. Covington’s 41 points (on 16-of-21 shooting) and got 25 more from OJ Peterson, who was 6-of-9 from 3-point range. And, in a city where Civil War icons Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are buried (Lexington, Va.), this most historic of basketball seasons ends for the Mastodons.
The Mastodons’ 25 wins was a school Division I record by seven, and they also made their first D-I postseason appearance, won their first postseason game and reached the Summit League Tournament championship game for the first time.
"Probably historic in every way," head coach Tony Jasick said. "And I know a lot of coaches say this but it couldn’t have happened to be a better group of guys.
"Our team was off the charts in the all the critical areas. Their unselfishness … showing up every day ready to go … I don’t think they could have better represented their university, and what they did for IPFW can’t be measured."
The Mastodons were led by Luis Jacobo, who finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a steal. Pierre Bland added 13 points, Joe Edwards 12 and Steve Forbes 10.
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