HANOVER, N.H. – Isaiah McCray scored a career-high 18 points as IPFW made a 13-point halftime advantage hold for a 70-66 nonconference win over Dartmouth on Saturday.
The Mastodons (4-3) never trailed.
They opened the game with a an 11-2 lead that stretched to 22-13, then rolled to a 37-24 halftime advantage. IPFW dominated the first half, closing with three consecutive Luis Jacobo three-pointers and Joe Edwards layup to set the 13-point advantage.
The double-digit lead held through the first three minutes of the second half before the Big Green (1-2) began to chip away. Dartmouth closed the gap to 66-63 on Alex Mitolas jumper with 2:40 left. After McCray hit a pair of free throws, Dartmouths Jvonte Brooks hit a foul shot and John Golden two more to close the gap to 68-66.
But free throws by Edwards and McCray and a pair of missed three-point attempts for Dartmouth ensured the IPFW win.
In scoring his career-high 18 points, McCray was 6 of 7 from the floor, hit his lone three-point shot and was 5 of 7 from the free throw line.
Mario Hines added 15 points for the Mastodons, while Jacobo had 13 and Frank Gaines had 12.
IPFW plays Wednesday against Navy in Annapolis, Md., at 7 p.m.
INDIANA TECH 70, SAINT FRANCIS 63: Indiana Tech atoned for an earlier 53-50 loss to Saint Francis with a victory at the Hutzell Center.
Jeff Hoskins paced the Warriors (7-2) with 17 points, while Saint Francis (5-2) was led by Scott Kohnes 16 points and 15 rebounds.
TRINE 88, EARLHAM 61: In Richmond, Ian Jackson scored 26 points and Scott Rogers had 21 as Trine rolled past Earlham.
IPFW 51, COASTAL CAROLINA 46: Junior forward Amanda Hyde scored 22 points, had 6 rebounds, two assists and a steal to lead IPFW (2-2) past Coastal Carolina (4-2) at the Gates Center.
Junior Stefanie Mauk added 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals for IPFW, which took a 21-20 halftime lead.
SAINT FRANCIS 73, SIENA HEIGHTS 70: In Adrian, Mich., five players scored in double figures to lead Saint Francis. Meghan Slusher led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
TAYLOR 89, INDIANA TECH 74: In Upland, unbeaten Taylor (7-0) had 25 assists compared to Techs 15 in its home win. Ulyssia Richmond paced Tech (1-6) with 26 points.
TRINE 63, ANDERSON 59: In Anderson, Sydney Spragg had 19 points and Megan Loveberry added 18 for Trine (3-1). Anderson remained winless in four games.