FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Despite shooting 53.3 percent from the field, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville fell at IPFW Tuesday 107-79 in men's basketball at Memorial Coliseum.
IPFW scored 63 second-half points to turn a six-point game at halftime into a rout. The 63 points are the most allowed in a single-half by the Cougars this season.
"The bottom line is defense," SIUE Coach Lennox Forrester said. "We weren't good defensively. We weren't very good in the first half, and in the second half we were worse."
IPFW, 11-5, led by as many as 13 in the first half. Oleg Kovalv's three-pointer made it 35-22 with 5:09 to play. The Cougars cut the lead to three, at 41-38, when Kevin Stineman hit a pair of free throws with 1:13 to play before halftime. A Jeremy Mixon three-pointer made it 44-38 IPFW at the break.
The Cougars outscored the Mastodons 16-9 over the final five-plus minutes in the half.
In the second half it was all Mastodons. IPFW shot 62.9 percent (22-35) over the final 20 minutes en route to the 63 points.
The Mastodons had five players in double figures, led by Frank Gaines' 22. IPFW outrebounded SIUE 35-18, including holding a 17-7 edge on the boards in the second half.
"We had 18 rebounds," Forrester said. "We have a week before our next game. That has to be a point of emphasis."
The Cougars, 5-14, were led by Corey Wickware's 15 points. Cornelius Chatt scored 12 and added three assists. Cody Rincker scored 11 and Stineman scored 10. Stineman led the way with four rebounds. He also had four assists.
SIUE was 24 of 45 from the floor. The Cougars were 9 of 19 (47.4 percent) from three-point range. They shot 84.6 percent (22 of 26) from the free throw line.
The Cougars host Eastern Kentucky Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Vadalabene Center. Game time is 7 p.m.