VALPARAISO - IPFW went nearly 14 minutes without scoring a basket in the second half in a 63-52 loss to Valparaiso on Wednesday at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Mastodons (5-5) got within 38-36 on Luis Jacobo's swooping scoop shot under the left side of the rim with 2:01 gone in the half. IPFW wouldn't get another basket until Kevin Harden's pull-up jumper off a fast break with 4:00 left.
Prior to that, Valparaiso (6-2) went on a 10-0 run when it broke away from a 43-41 game into a 53-41 lead.
Senior guard Frank Gaines, who had 14 points in the first half that saw IPFW trail 35-32, was held to five free throws in the second half and finished with 19 points to lead the Mastodons.