ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) -- David Carson scored a career-high 18 points against his former school, leading Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne to a 71-66 victory over Oakland Saturday night.
Carson, who transferred to IPFW (11-14, 8-6 Summit League) after his freshman season, was playing at Oakland for the first time since the move, and heard chants of "Trai-tor!" from the home fans.
The win was just IPFW's second in 14 road games this season -- the first coming last week at Centenary -- but moved the Mastodons into a tie for third in the conference with Oakland (13-12, 8-6).
Derick Nelson led Oakland with 18, becoming the seventh Golden Grizzlies player to score 1,000 career points since the program moved to Division I, but he missed a key free throw in the final 90 seconds.
Down 32-26 at halftime, IPFW rallied and took a 41-40 lead on a Scott 3-pointer with 13:46 remaining. The Golden Grizzlies answered with a 5-1 run, but the Mastodons scored the next nine points. Jaraun Burrows capped the run with a 3-point play that put IPFW up 51-45 with 9:55 left.
The Mastodons increased their margin to as many as 11, but Oakland answered the 15-2 run with a 14-4 surge of their own came back to make it 62-61 with 2:30 left.
Carson fouled Nelson, but Oakland's leading scorer missed the front end of a one-and-one, preserving the IPFW lead. Scott then hit a 3-pointer for a 65-61 edge with 47 seconds to go, and the Mastodons clinched the game from the line.