INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe a week off is too much time. It didn’t seem to do IUPUI much good. Just like a week ago, they’re still shooting too poorly and turning the ball over too much. Evansville had the game on lock down by halftime Saturday night and cruised to a 89-62 win.
Leo Svete led the Jaguars in scoring with 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting including 4-for-8 from three-point range. Mason Archie added 11 points and DavRon Williams had 8 points. Svete, Archie and Williams combined to shoot 14-for-24 from the floor, but the rest of the team shot just 8-for-30 (26.7 percent).
D.J. Balentine scored 22 points for Evansville on 50 percent shooting and Egidiju Mockevicius scored nine points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Like last week against Georgia Southern, the Jaguars took an early lead, up 9-8 against Evansville. Like last week, the Jaguars’s opponent answered and took a lead at halftime. This time that lead was too much.
After shooting 4-for-7 in the first six minutes and change, IUPUI shot just 3-for-20 the rest of the first half. Trailing 9-8, Georgia Southern scored 19 unanswered points to build a 27-8 lead and carried it to a 40-16 halftime lead. It was the third straight game the Jaguars struggled from the floor in the first half.
They picked up the scoring in the second half with 46 points on 54 percent shooting, but it was another incomplete effort.
This marks the third consecutive loss for the Jaguars and third loss since Khufu Najee went down with an injury against Ball State. Junior guard P.J. Boutte has stepped up in Najee’s absence, however his performances have been inconsistent and that was the case tonight with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting with zero rebounds, zero assists and two turnovers.
Now sitting at 2-5, the Jaguars are half-way through their non-conference schedule. They’ll travel to Cincinnati for their next game on Tuesday to take on Xavier.