Fort Wayne, IN (Sports Network) - Frank Gaines scored a team-high 17 points as the IUPU-Fort Wayne Mastodons defeated the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 77-71, in Summit League play at Memorial Coliseum.
Luis Jacobo was one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points for the Mastodons (13-16, 6-9 Summit). Joe Reed added 14 points and Joe Edwards chipped in 11 points. Mario Hines contributed 10 points and seven boards as IPFW notched its third win in a row.
For the Golden Grizzlies (15-14, 10-5), Travis Bader recorded a game-high 23 points and five rebounds. Corey Petros put up 15 points and Drew Valentine added 12 points. Ryan Bass scored 11 points as Oakland had its seven-game winning streak concluded.
In the first half, IPFW outscored Oakland, 11-0, in second chance points, and also, 10-2, in points off turnovers, en route to a 36-33 advantage at the break.
IPFW's bench scored 14 points after the break while Oakland's reserves were held scoreless for the final 20 minutes. The boost from the backup unit helped the Mastodons stay in front as the team hit on 48.1 percent of its field goal tries in the second stanza.
IPFW used a strong effort on the offensive glass to hold an 18-6 edge in second chance points, 18-6.