FORT WAYNE – IPFW moved into a tie for sixth place in the Summit League with a 65-60 win over UMKC on Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo.
The Mastodons (11-16, 4-9) share sixth with the Kangaroos (7-20, 4-9) and South Dakota (8-17, 4-9), which lost to Oakland 76-75 on Thursday.
IPFW snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory as it won for the only the second time in a true road game this season. The Mastodons are 2-11 on the road.
Frank Gaines led the way for IPFW with 16 points. Joe Reed scored 12, and Mario Hines added 11.
Estan Tyler was the only UMKC player to score in double digits with 15.
IPFW led 34-26 at halftime and held on as it was outscored 34-31 in the second half.
IPFW 49, UMKC 42: The Mastodons evened their record in the Summit League and moved into a tie for fourth place with Omaha with the victory in Gates Center.
IPFW (10-14, 6-6) broke away from UMKC (8-17, 4-8) five minutes into the second half with a 9-0 run that turned a 26-23 deficit with 14:24 to play into a 32-26 lead with 11:50 left.
The Mastodons didn’t give up the lead the rest of the way in a game that had seven ties and 11 lead changes. The teams played to a 19-point tie after the first half.
Haley Seibert and Erin Murphy each had 15 points for IPFW, and Amanda Hyde added 13.
Taylor Leathers scored nine for the Kangaroos, who didn’t have a player reach double digits.
Both teams struggled shooting with IPFW going 12 for 47 (26 percent) from the floor and UMKC going 17 for 47 (36 percent).
The Mastodons were able to offset their struggles shooting at the free-throw line, making 21 of 24 free throws. The Kangaroos had only five free-throw attempts and made them all.
No. 18 PURDUE 58, WISCONSIN 48: In Madison, Wis., KK Houser scored 20 points as the Boilermakers snapped a two-game losing streak.
Purdue (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) had not won in the Kohl Center since defeating Wisconsin (11-14, 3-9) 52-51 on Jan. 29, 2009. The Boilermakers had lost to Michigan 67-56 at home Sunday and No. 8 Penn State 69-61 on the road Feb. 4.
Drey Mingo had 12 points and eight rebounds for Purdue, which got 12 points from its bench compared with none for Wisconsin.
Jacki Gulczynski scored 19 points for the Badgers, and Cassie Rochel had 13 rebounds and seven blocks.