Northrop graduate Bryson Scott eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in an IPFW uniform and his 3-pointer that officially moved him into the Century Club sparked the Mastodons to an 82-78 victory over Summit League foe Omaha on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
The moment didn't even register with the 6-foot-1 senior, however – for a couple of reasons.
“It's special,” Scott said. “I didn't even think about it because I already thought I was past the 1,000 mark, but it's a good accomplishment and I'm looking forward to doing more.”
The game circumstances necessitated a lack of focus on the feat as well. A 10-point lead withered away into a seven-point deficit just before halftime thanks to a 4-of-19 shooting stretch by IPFW (13-8, 2-2 Summit League).
“We had three or four possessions where we took tougher shots,” IPFW coach Jon Coffman said. “That got them going. We had a good rhythm, and then that got them in their flow. If you take bad shots, it's going to lead to a transition game for them.”
But Kason Harrell drained a 3-pointer on the first half's final play, and the Mastodons used that basket to spark a 30-19 run. At the media timeout with 11 minutes to go, IPFW jumped back into the lead 67-60 and kept the Mavericks (6-14, 1-3) at arm's length from there.
“We just followed the process,” Scott said. “If we can do that, we can stay poised and stay within our offense, and that helps us win games.”
Xzavier Taylor earned the start in the post for the Mastodons, but two quick fouls forced him to the bench. The 6-9 redshirt senior continued to battle foul trouble all night, ultimately playing just 12 minutes before fouling out.
Dylan Carl picked Taylor up, contributing eight points, six rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes. Carl appeared to injure his right ankle, falling awkwardly early in the second half and ultimately heading to the locker room for further evaluation.
He wasn't sidelined for long, returning to action a few minutes later and showing no signs of pain. Coffman praised the freshman for stepping up in Taylor's place.
“It's hard to get in a rhythm when you're playing between fouls like that, and we have to figure out a way to keep him on the floor,” Coffman said of Taylor. “But when you have Dylan who can come in, and Cam (Benford) plays with great energy. It's great having three bigs so those guys can make up for when (Taylor) isn't on the floor.”
John Konchar aided the IPFW effort with his typical all-around performance. While he scored just six points on the night, he added 13 rebounds and nine assists.
Konchar entered the game tops in the country in minutes played and lived up to that billing Saturday, logging 37 minutes.
“It's hard to argue with a guy who's a double-double machine,” Coffman said. “I never take him out of the game.”