March 7, 2010

(2) IUPUI - 77, (7) WIU - 68

Game Summary
In front of nearly double The Jungle's capacity, IUPUI came out and struggled against the Leather Necks of Western Illinois in their first game in a week. Up early, WIU managed to stay close the entire game including leading at the half. IUPUI trailed 47-42 before Leroy Nobles cranked out five straight points to tie it up. Ceola Clark had a team-high 20 points for Western who was victim to a 16-4 run that sealed the game for the Jaguars. Robert Glenn had a game-high 30 points on 13-21 shooting (1-3 from deep, 3-5 from the line). Western Illinois finishes their season 13-17, while IUPUI plans to take on the winner of the Oral Roberts/North Dakota State game that will be held tonight at 9:30ET. All Summit League Championship Tournament games will be aired via ESPN360.

It was over when…
...IUPUI broke the game wide open, building up a 13-point lead on a 16-4 run in the waning moments of the second half.

Player of the Game
Robert Glenn, IUPUI
30 points (13-21, 1-3, 3-5), 7 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK

Stat of the Night
I have a couple, mainly because of how these guys stepped up when Alex Young, IUPUI's #2 scorer, was in foul trouble all game. I suppose you could call the "Stat of the Night" a gigantic team effort by IUPUI to pull out this win, showing tremendous leadership and amazing determination on all fronts.
Billy Pettiford had 0 points, but 7 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, and only 1 TO (a 7:1 Turnover:Assist Ratio). 
Leroy Nobles blew up for 19 points on 5-10 shooting (3-6 from deep, 6-7 from the line) and 5 REB.
John Ashworth went absolutely crazy for 13 points (he averages 4.3 a game) on 5-7 shooting (2-2 from three, 1-2 from the line).
Finally, the League's Sixth-Man of the Year Jon Avery played 25 minutes, went 4-6 from the floor (8 points), but more importantly he had 3 BLKs, 2 of which came while WIU was trying to storm back into the game.

What This Win Means...
IUPUI has a lot to work on in the next 36 hours, including freethrow shooting (just 56.9%). They can take a lot away from the victory, especially for the support guys who came up big (see: Stat of the Night). WIU, though defeated, sets themselves up wonderfully for next season as they return all but two players from this year's squad.

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