Miami-Ohio (3-2) at IUPU-Fort Wayne (4-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 7 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Memorial Coliseum (5,200) -- Fort Wayne, Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: Miami 2-0, IPFW 2-0. Away Record: Miami 1-2, IPFW 1-3. Neutral Record: Miami 0-0, IPFW 1-1. Conference Record: Miami 0-0, IPFW 0-0. Series Record: Miami leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The IUPU-Fort Wayne Mastodons welcome the Miami-Ohio RedHawks to Memorial Coliseum for a non-conference clash.
Miami-Ohio has been idle since last Saturday's 76-58 rout over James Madison. It was the third win in the last four tries for the RedHawks as they navigate a road-heavy schedule in the early portion of the season. This game kicks off a four-game road trip.
IPFW is coming off a 54-49 loss at Navy on Wednesday night. The outcome snapped a modest two-game win streak for the Mastodons and marked the third time in eight games they have failed to score more than 50 points. Following this contest, they'll begin a three-game road trip at Valparaiso Wednesday night.
Miami emerged victorious in the only previous meeting between these two schools.
The RedHawks picked up a win their last time out, although it came at a cost as starting forward Bill Edwards (9.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg) suffered a season-ending knee injury just minutes into the game. In addition to Edwards' frontcourt presence, the RedHawks will also miss his shooting range, considering he had knocked down 9-of-17 attempts (.529) from beyond the arc. Reserve forward Will Felder logged 30 minutes after Edwards went down, finishing with a season-best 12 points and seven rebounds behind a 5-of-8 effort from the field. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson supplied most of the offense with a career-high 21 points as he buried 5-of-7 3-pointers. Jon Harris (15 pts, 8 reb) and Quinten Rollins (10 pts, 10 assists, 6 reb) rounded out the team's double-digit scorers, although leading scorer Allen Roberts (12.6 ppg) was held to nine points on 1- of-7 shooting.
IPFW's leading scorer Frank Gaines sat out Wednesday's loss while serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. The lack of offensive firepower was evident without Gaines, who is second in the Summit League in scoring with 20.7 ppg. Mario Hines is the only other player on the team averaging double figures, having posted 10.0 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per tilt through eight games. He scored eight points in a team-high 32 minutes against Navy, as sophomore Isaiah McCray led the way with 10 points. IPFW shot just 37 percent from the floor as a team and even struggled at the free-throw line, making only 6-of-15 attempts (.400). The Mastodons held a 36-26 rebounding advantage but were unable to overcome 17 turnovers. With Gaines back in the lineup and IPFW playing at home, it wouldn't be a shock to see the Mastodons put some more points on the board.
Miami got by without Edwards against a struggling JMU squad, but things won't be so easy this time around against the Mastodons, who boast some size in the paint and a potent scoring weapon in Gaines.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: IPFW 72, Miami-Ohio 67
12/01 10:34:05 ET