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IPFW cruises in home opener

IPFW did what it was supposed to do to a team it had outmatched.

The Mastodons cruised to a 90-62 victory Monday night against IU Kokomo in Gates Center.

IPFW (1-1) outscored IU Kokomo (0-5) 62-12 in the paint and got 29 points off 17 turnovers by the Cougars.

The blowout victory was a nice way to wash away the Mastodons' 81-80 loss Saturday in the season opener against Dayton, which hit a 3-pointer with one second to play.

"A win is going to feel good, but I thought everybody, we got in that locker room and we were disappointed in that loss but we didn't hang our heads," said IPFW forward Joe Reed, who scored a team-high 21 points and had eight rebounds Monday. "We played our heart out that game, and we knew we had plenty of more games this year. We just kind of got out here and do the same thing we do."

IU Kokomo was able to hang around with IPFW in the opening 11 minutes thanks to five 3-pointers that kept the Mastodons' lead at 22-20.

But IPFW responded with a 14-4 run for a 36-24 lead with 4:52 to play in the first half, and the Mastodons scored the first seven points of the second half to push their lead to 59-36 and the rout was on.

"Personally, I think it is probably irrelevant, guys are resilient," coach Tony Jasick said of getting a big win after the Dayton loss. "We had a chance to watch the tape and learn both from some positives and things that we can correct. I don't think our guys' mentality at all was we need to win in order to get over a tough loss.

"We got guys who will compete and play the game the right way. I was glad we came out and did that tonight."

Monday's game was the first part of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Holiday Inn Downtown Marina Islanders Basketball Tournament.

The Mastodons will play three games in three days this weekend at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, starting with the host team Friday. IPFW plays Texas-Pan American on Saturday and Tennessee Tech on Sunday.