The stat sheet showed IPFW prevailed in a number of categories against No. 22 Notre Dame on Monday night. The big number the Mastodons couldn't get over was the final score: Fighting Irish 74, IPFW 62.
What this year's Mastodon squad lacks in offensive skill, compared to last season's team, it more than makes up for in heart, according to coach Tony Jasick.
''Notre Dame was up 19 with 13:35 to go, and we have a pretty young team, and a lot of teams pack it in at that point, but our guys have a lot of fight in them,'' Jasick said.
IPFW asserted its athleticism early in the game, scoring three of their first four baskets on tip-ins. IPFW outperformed Notre Dame in steals, 3-point percentage, free throw percentage, bench scoring and points off turnovers, and they turned the ball over less than the Irish.
But the Mastodons couldn't overcome their poor shooting, hitting just 36 percent from the field in the first half. They improved their accuracy to 41 percent in the second half but...