The men’s basketball team was unable to hold onto a nine-point halftime lead falling to IPFW 68-63 on Thursday night.
“We’re just a few things away,” said redshirt sophomore guard Darian Harris. “A few turnovers here, few defensive stops in key moments. We’re close. We had a really good first half, but we just weren’t able to put it together for 40 minutes.”
Obi Emegano led the team with 27 points. He pulled down three rebounds and two assists. He went 13-15 from the line.
Harris posted a season high of 10 boards. Albert Owens pulled down eight points and nine rebounds.
The Golden Eagles led 36-27 at the half and committed only one turnover, but could not maintain strength and close the game. They shot 9-28 from the field, 2-10 from the arc and committed nine turnovers.
“When you have a fragile team like this one is and you get down to crunch time, there wasn’t a whole lot of confidence from all of our guys,” said head coach Scott Sutton.
IPFW only scored 27 points in the first half, but came back to post 41 in the second half.
The Mastodons were led by Max Landis with 28 points and five assists. John Konchar posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 boards.
“We’re going through a low point in numbers and in wins, but we’re staying together,” said junior guard Aaron Young. “No turmoil in the locker room so things are’nt going the way we’d like them to, but we can crumble or we can come together and continue to try and get better each day. That’s what we’ve been doing and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Golden Eagles head to North Dakota State Thursday, Feb. 4 and South Dakota on Saturday, Feb. 6. The team will return to the Mabee Center on Thursday, Feb. 11 to face IUPUI at 7 p.m.