Shawn Dyer (graduate, criminology) had the hot hand for the Crimson Hawks Wednesday night, starting Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s game against California University of Pennsylvania with consecutive three-pointers and finishing one rebound shy of a double-double.
Dyer’s efforts, coupled with scoring contributions from all over the floor, helped IUP capture its fourth straight win, a 64-56 decision over the conference rival Vulcans.
Devante Chance (senior, communications media) had 12 points on the evening, and forward Jeremy Jeffers (redshirt senior, communications media) added 10.
“It was a great boost for us tonight,” Jeffers said, addressing Dyer’s emergence as the latest IUP starter to lead the team in points. “You never know who can have the big night, and that is why we are so hard to guard.”
At halftime, the Hawks led the Vulcans 31-27, and across the board the stats were similar for both teams.
IUP shot 40.7 percent from the field with 17 rebounds and 10 points in the paint, while Cal U shot 39.3 percent from the field with 17 rebounds and 16 points in the paint. Until foul trouble swung the momentum in IUP’s favor, the Vulcans seemed to have an advantage in the paint.
Calvin Brown and Tony Richardson were among the notable contributors for Cal, but both fouled out of the game as a result of calls that spawned debate from Vulcans fans at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
In contrast, IUP had only reserve Tevin Hanner (junior, sociology) foul out, while Brandon Norfleet (junior, communications media) and Daddy Ugbede (junior, communications media) were both one foul shy of disqualification Wednesday.
“Foul trouble definitely impacted the game tonight,” Chance said. “We tried to play through the post, but the foul trouble made us rely on the perimeter a bit more.”
In the second half, the physicality of the game transpired from the post into the full court press, as the Vulcans attacked Chance.
Chance, who nearly played another 40-minute game, was an active member of IUP’s offense as is often the case. Despite losing more turnovers against Cal than any other Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opponent and also playing with a taped wrist, Chance said he will be fully “ready” for the Crimson Hawks’ Saturday matchup with Gannon University.
In IUP’s last meeting with Gannon, the Crimson Hawks were out-rebounded 41-20, the largest margin of the season for the team. But IUP out-rebounded Cal 35-29 Wednesday and is looking to carry its success into the weekend.
“The game will be just as physical, and we have two days to prepare and be ready for another tough game,” Chance said.
No. 18 IUP’s showdown with Gannon has a 7:30 p.m. tipoff, and it marks the last of three straight home games.