RICHMOND, Ind. – Nearly 100 supporters consisting of family, friends and well-wishers from the New Madison area came out to watch Tri-Village alumnus Kyle Pipenger for senior day at Indiana University East.
Pipenger wouldn’t disappoint as he played another efficient game for the Red Wolves, going 3-for-4 from the field including 2-for-2 from behind the arch and 5-for-6 from the free throw line, hitting his scoring average of 13 points per game on the year.
Pipenger’s triple late in the game gave No. 12 IU East a 77-75 lead, and his free throws late would help secure and 89-83 win over No. 11 West Virginia University Institute of Technology, 89-83.
With the win IU East improved 22-7 overall and 13-3 in the Red States River Conference. The win put the Red Wolves in control of their own destiny as they went up a half game on WVU Tech, who dropped to 12-3.
A win on Saturday at Ohio Christian would assure the Red Wolves at least a tie for the conference crown and more importantly a post season bid to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II tournament.
Pipenger’s two 3-pointers for the game gave him 69 for the year and he currently ranks in first place overall in the nation for 3-point shooting at 52 percent.
Pipenger took to the microphone after the game.
“I would like to thank my coaches and give shout-outs to all my teammates, faculty, staff and fans that supported me and this team,” he said. “I am blessed to have had this opportunity. I also want to thank my community, friends, family and girlfriend today for coming out and showing your support. And finally I couldn’t have done any of this without my mom and dad and all the support they have given me through the years.”