The Mastodons men were beaten at the buzzer, while the Lady 'Dons dominated North Dakota State on a busy Saturday inside the Gates Center.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men's basketball program honored two of the best in team history on Saturday (March 2) evening as Kason Harrell and John Konchar were honored on Senior Night. However in the end it was a last second shot by North Dakota State's Vinnie Shahid that was the difference 69-66.
The 'Dons were locked into the No. 3 seed no matter the outcome on Saturday and will play No. 6 South Dakota in the Summit League Tournament on Sunday (March 10) at 9:30 p.m. ET in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Mastodons were down by seven points with nearly a minute left on Saturday when the 'Dons scored seven straight to knot the game at 66. The first basket in the run was a 3-pointer by Matt Holba. The 'Dons had two blocks on the next possession setting up a Konchar basket with 23 seconds left to make it a 66-64 game. The 'Dons called timeout to set up their defense, and it worked. North Dakota State threw away the inbounds pass. Marcus DeBerry jumped on it and worked the ball to Jarred Godfrey who was fouled. In a one-and-one situation, Godfrey made both to tie the game at 66 with 11.5 seconds left. NDSU called timeout and put it in the hands of their leading scorer Shahid. He isolated beyond the arc and raised up to connect on a 3-pointer with 0.4 left. The shot would be the game winner.
The Mastodons out-scored NDSU 33-25 in the second half to erase a 44-33 halftime deficit. The 'Dons fell behind after NDSU finished the first half on a 15-3 run. NDSU made three 3-pointers in the stretch.
Purdue Fort Wayne finished 40.3 percent from the floor (25-of-62) while NDSU was at 37.1 percent (23-of-62).
The game featured five ties and 13 lead changes.
Konchar finished with his 46th career double-double of 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Matt Holba added 13 points and Harrell totaled 11. Jarred Godfrey finished in double-digits for the second straight game and ninth time this season.
North Dakota improves to 15-15 (9-7 Summit League). The 'Dons finish the regular season 17-14 (9-7 Summit League).
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Sh'Toya Sanders led the Mastodons with a season-high 22 points, seven boards and a career-high seven steals in Purdue Fort Wayne's 66-46 victory over North Dakota State. Saturday (March 2) was the first time a 'Don had seven steals against a Division I opponent since Haley Seibert on January 17, 2015.
The game served as the 12th annual Pink Out, as survivors of breast cancer were invited to walk onto the court at halftime to be honored.
De'Jour Young had 16 points, four assists, four steals and three boards after her Senior Day celebration. She played a team-high 39 minutes.
Purdue Fort Wayne will be the No. 8 seed in the Summit League Tournament and play No. 1 South Dakota State on Saturday (March 9) at 1 p.m. ET.
The Mastodons held the Bison scoreless for the final 2:32 of the first quarter in order to take a 12-9 lead heading into the first break. Hannah Hess hit a three-pointer as the clock expired to take the lead. NDSU pushed back in the second quarter, tying up the score at 23 with 2:42 left. The 'Dons finished the second 10 minutes with a 4-0 push off a made jumper from Ellie Dykstra and layup from Sanders.
In the third, the Mastodon lead expanded to nine points after Sanders made a free throw to go up 34-25. NDSU brought it within two, but the fourth quarter was all 'Dons. Purdue Fort Wayne was 12 of 16 in the final 10 minutes, shooting 75 percent from the floor to outscore the Bison 30-14. The 'Dons nailed all three treys in the fourth quarter.
The Mastodons shot 52 percent for the game (26 of 50), and 50 percent from downtown (6 of 12). Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 7-21, 3-13 Summit League while NDSU falls to 7-21, 4-12.