Fort Wayne Mastodons knock off IU…again
BLOOMINGTON – For the second straight year, the Fort Wayne men’s basketball squad came into its game with heavily-favored Indiana and played with a lack of fear.
In last season’s 71-68 overtime win at the Coliseum, the Mastodons used a lot of toughness to shock the then-No. 3-ranked Hoosiers. However, this year, it was as much about skill as anything.
The Mastodons (8-5) were blazing hot from 3-point range and Indiana played beyond terrible from an intellectual standpoint and the Mastodons stunned the Assembly Hall crowd with a 92-72 victory.
Fort Wayne shot 17 of 30 from 3-point range, including 6 of 11 from junior guard Kason Harrell and 4 of 5 from redshirt freshman Dylan Carl.
Harrell finished with 28 points, while Carl chipped in 14.
Fort Wayne’s top offensive players, senior guard Bryson Scott and junior guard John Konchar missed 9 of their 12 combined shots in the first half, but made their first seven shots between the two of them to open the second half, as the Mastodons stretched their lead to 15 midway through the period and eventually by as many as 22.
Konchar finished with 16 points, while Scott totaled 26.
While the Mastodons were shooting the lights out at the offensive end, both teams were plagued by a lack of discipline, as well.
The two squads combined for 21 first half turnovers, and Indiana (6-6) finished the game with 18 after averaging just 12 per game.
The Mastodons helped their cause by shooting a torrid 62 percent from the field in the second half.
Fort Wayne limited Indiana star forward Juwan Morgan to just 14 points. He had been averaging over 20 points per game over the past five games and was coming off a career-best 34-point performance in an overtime win over Notre Dame Saturday.
Robert Johnson led the Hoosiers with 17 points.
The Fort Wayne defense limited Indiana to just 34 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.
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