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No. 3/2 IUP flies past Mansfield to open the PSAC game

MANSFIELD, Pennsylvania— The third-ranked IUP men’s basketball team shot 65% from beyond the arc and overcame Mansfield in a 97-61 win to begin Friday night’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) crossover action.

IUP (6-0, 1-0) recorded their highest goal tally since last January against Seton Hill and emerged with the widest margin of the season. The Crimson Hawks shot 59.7% for the game and 71.4% from the floor in the second half.

IUP has won its last six conference openings and is up to 13-3 all-time under the head coach Jo Lombardi. Every player who saw the ground registered at least three points as David Morris (6-9 3FG) led the offense with 24 points. It was Morris’ 11th 20-point game and second of the season.

At 15-23 from long range, IUP had the most three-pointers scored since late January 2022 against Edinboro (16-46). The three-point percentage of 65.2% ranks just outside the top 10 in program history for a single game.

Shawndale Jones scored 18 points and continued to approach 1,000 points for his collegiate career with four rebounds and four assists. He extended his streak of consecutive fouls to 34 and made his only second-half try on Friday.

Ethan Porterfield hit back with 17 points (3-3 3FG) and four rebounds. Overall, IUP racked up eight steals and held a 31-12 point lead in terms of turnovers. IUP made more three-pointers (15) than fouls (8) with seven different players scoring from distance.

Bringing every available player into the lineup gave the IUP bench some valuable minutes in the second half. Callum MacNamara garnered his first college points in the competition and finished the night with seven points, including a skillful turnaround jumper late in the second half.

IUP led by 15 points at the break and extended their lead to 30 points with just under eight minutes remaining in contention. Mansfield (1-3, 0-1) worked in the first half with a Scott Woodring three at the ninth point before IUP took control from there. A 15-4 run that included a barrage of triples from Morris and Jones pushed IUP into double digits, staying 11:08 in the first half.

Mansfield reduced their deficit to six, but IUP used another timely goal run to end the half. Porterfield set up a three-pointer from the right wing after the first half was over and gave IUP a 45-30 lead at the break.

KJ Rhodes connected from a great distance from a feed Jaheim Bethea for a 65-44 advantage. The Hawks were out at this point and running along Damir Brooks stealing the ball and dunking it on the offensive end for a solid 30-point lead at 76-46. After timed under eight media, Brooks rocked the rim again at 7:13 after a pass from Bethea.

IUP stayed in control for the rest of the half, working the bench in the final minutes. Tomiwa Sulaiman was active with eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Woodring passed Mansfield by 19 points and added three rebounds and an assist.

Next

IUP continues its crossover weekend tomorrow (December 2) in Bloomsburg for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

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