Pullman, WA. – IUPUI’s losing streak grew to five Saturday night after their 72-59 defeat to Washington State. It was the same old story and not at all surprising. They allowed Washington State to take control early and shoot 55 percent from the floor. Meanwhile IUPUI nearly failed completely to present any offensive threat at all.
Ron Patterson was the lone exception with 19 points including five five three-point baskets. The rest of the team shot just 17-for-51. T.J. Henderson made the team’s only trip to the line midway through the second half and split the pair.
About the only highlights for IUPUI were taking the first lead of the game on a layup from Evan Hall and Patterson’s back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Washington State lead to three 12 minutes later. Aaron Brennan scored after a turnover on the other end to cut the lead to one, but that was it. The defense just couldn’t get enough stops to ever mount a comeback as the lead steadily ballooned to 19.
This was by no means signature loss in the traditional sense, but in the literal sense that’s exactly what it was. IUPUI has struggled at the line all season and made just one trip against Washington State. They’ve shot below 50 percent in five of the last six games while allowing their opponent’s to shoot at least 53 percent in five straight. Six of their nine games have been on the road and the Jaguars are still seeking their first road win.
Despite all of that, one can’t be too critical given the circumstances. IUPUI has played just three times at home this season where they’re 2-1. They’ve suffered one-point losses twice. They’re facing a grueling road slate early this season and this was the second of three-straight games that they were 10-point or more underdogs.
That leaves IUPUI’s toughest test of the season in two days. The Jaguars will stay in Washington to take on Gonzaga Monday night.