NORTH CANTON, OHIO – junior forward Ethan Porterfield scored his 1,000. Career point as the third-ranked IUP men’s basketball team went undefeated with a 74-60 wire-to-wire win in Walsh on Saturday afternoon.
Porterfield hit 1,000 career points with a pull-up triple in the second half, which made the frame’s opening points. He became the 36th player in program history to reach that milestone, needing just 11 points to enter the competition and achieving it in the 73rd game of his career. The 1,000 points also take into account the three competitions played during the 2021-22 limited season.
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IUP (4-0) challenged in a tough non-conference game against Walsh (2-2), who ranked first in the NCAA DII Midwest Region a season ago. Despite a sloppy stretch towards the end of the game, IUP was in control throughout the day. Tough defensively, the Crimson Hawks placed a greater emphasis on recovering competitively, using a balanced approach on offense for the team’s fourth win of the season.
Shawndale Jones fell in a game and season-high 26 points (9-9 FT) with five rebounds and four assists. David Morris scored 20 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while also dishing out four assists. Porterfield and Tomiwa Sulaiman scored 11 points apiece for the Crimson Hawks, who assisted on 19 of 27 field goals.
Tim Smith Jr., who began his 2019-20 collegiate career in California, Pa., provided most of the day’s Walsh offense with 24 points and eight rebounds. The Cavaliers were without sophomore Garrison Keeslar, who led the team in rebounds, assists and steals. The Cavaleirs are ranked 20th in the NABC Preseason Poll.
IUP finished the competition with 50% shooting from the floor, holding Walsh 35.7% from the field and 21.7% from three. The Crimson Hawks have kept all four opponents 40% or less off the field this season.
IUP went into the break 36-19, keeping Walsh without an assist and just six field goals for the first 20 minutes. The Crimson Hawks improved in the rebounding department, limiting all of Walsh’s second-chance opportunities and holding a 21-15 advantage on the glass, shooting 44.8% from the field in the first half.
Morris started off strong with eight of the initial 10 points for IUP in the afternoon. Jones got into a rhythm in an even opening half for the Crimson Hawks, firing six straight fires and extending the IUP advantage to 19-7.
The even scoring continued for IUP as Sulaiman fell behind in consecutive buckets for a 20 point advantage around the U4 media timeout. Smith Jr. had nine points and four of the team’s six field goals in the first half.
Walsh made a fast run about five minutes into the second half that Morris stopped with a three-point basket and a transit dunk from a Sulaiman steal. In a rush, the Crimson Hawks increased the lead to 53-31 at the 13:25 mark.
Jones handed IUP his biggest lead of the game with 26 points and a three-pointer with 8:52 remaining. Jaheim Bethea rushed to a layin and his first basket of the competition as IUP kept pulling away before Morris added an acrobatic bucket for his 26th point of the day.
Walsh utilized some powerful rebounds as part of an 11-0 run as the clock ticked with less than three minutes to go. Sulaiman ended a nearly five-minute losing streak with a stickback for the Crimson Hawks as time ticked by.
IUP is hosting New Haven at the KCAC on Saturday, November 26th with a new start time of 4:30pm.
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