Evansville holds off IUPUI comeback bid


The Evansville Purple Aces pulled out an 84-78 win over IUPUI Tuesday night, holding off a second-half rally by the Jaguars.

IUPUI, playing without Summit League Player of the Week Mitch Patton, trailed by as many as 12 points to take the lead, before an Evansville run put the game away. Kokomo native D.J. Balentine scored 29 points for the Purple Aces, who improved to 2-0 on the season.

Junior Ian Chiles scored a career-high 28 points to lead IUPUI in the loss. The Jaguars (0-2) host Southeast Missouri Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at The Jungle.