Spokane, WA. – It’s been a tough nine days for IUPUI. They’ve been a double-digit underdog three times and gone on the road to face two ranked teams. This time it was Gonzaga that defeated IUPUI 101-71. The good news is the Jaguars avoided showing up on Sportscenter for a 50-point blowout. The bad news, they still went win-less on the trip and have lost six straight.
T.J. Henderson did his best to keep IUPUI competitive with 18 points on just nine shots. Evan Hall had 12 points and four rebounds and Maurice Kirby added 11 points and five rebounds.
IUPUI defied expectations and actually stayed competitive for awhile. They remained within striking distance until late in the game. Despite falling behind by 20 with 12 minutes to go, the Jaguars put up a fight. Hall scored back-to-back layups to cut the lead to 70-55. Henderson hit a pair of free throws with under nine minutes to go to cut the lead to 13 and Aaron Brennan followed it up with a layup to cut the lead to 11. After trading a pair of buckets and then two pairs of free throws, the lead remained at 11, 76-65 with just seven minutes to go.
Silad Melson scored on consecutive possessions for Gonzaga before Henderson answered to pull back within 12, but the Jaguars couldn’t keep pace anymore. The talent difference finally roared its head and Gonzaga went on an 11-2 run. They closed the game out on a 25-6 run to win by 30.
With the road gauntlet finally over, IUPUI can look forward to one more home game before the conference season begins. They’ll have a few days off before taking on IU Kokomo this Friday. It won’t be the usual home court advantage though. They’ll be returning to campus to play at their old home court at the Jungle.