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The IPFW men's basketball coaching staff has been waiting for nearly three seasons for the talented Herbert Graham to develop into someone reliable enough that they could play in games. Perhaps Graham found his game somewhere in Ontario.
The redshirt junior wing hit all but two of his shot attempts Sunday en route to 12 points in just 10 minutes of playing time, as he helped the Mastodons to an 86-74 victory over York University in Toronto.
The win was the second for IPFW in its three-game Canadian tour, which concludes Wednesday against the University of Windsor in London, Ontario at 5 p.m.
Graham played well in Saturday's win over McMaster University in Hamilton, and first-year IPFW coach Jon Coffman told The News-Sentinel in a phone interview following the game that “Herb did a nice job. I'm looking at the stat sheet and I probably should've played him more minutes.”
Coffman did give Graham an increase in playing time and it paid off.
He sank five of his seven shots, including two of three from 3-point range.
The Mastodons were tied with the hosts at halftime at 37 points each, but IPFW ran off in the third quarter by sinking 11 of its 12 free throws and outscoring York 25-15 in the period.
Mastodon redshirt senior center Steve Forbes paced the offense with a game-high 27 points, while Isaiah McCray bounced back from an injury in Saturday's game with 10 points in 18 minutes.
Senior wing Joe Edwards added 11 points in the win, while junior forward Joe Reed had a balanced night of nine points and a team-best six boards.
The Mastodons were outrebounded for the second consecutive night, which was a concern of Coffman's following his team's first victory. York grabbed a 39-28 rebounding advantage Sunday.