Missed Opportunity For Mastodons in South Dakota

By Brett Rump

The Fort Wayne Mastodons missed a great opportunity to move into a first-place tie with North Dakota State, falling at South Dakota in the final minute, 66-63.

Fort Wayne was down 60-50 with about five minutes left when two three-pointers and a transition basket off a steal led a run that put the Mastodons in front with about two minutes left.

A turnover gave South Dakota a chance, down two, and after rebounding a missed three, the Coyotes got a driving basket by Matt Mooney (who finished with a career-high 30) and the free-throw to complete a three-point play to make it 64-63 South Dakota.

The Dons’ Xzavier Taylor was fouled and missed both free throws before two Mooney free-throws provided the final margin.

A long three-point try by Fort Wayne’s Mo Evans rimmed out with 3 seconds left.

Bryson Scott scored 21 and Evans had 19, the only ‘Dons in double-figures. John Konchar had nine points and nine rebounds, just short of getting his 10th double-double of the year.

North Dakota State suffered their first Summit League loss (4-1) at Denver, 79-57.

Next up, the Mastodons start a two-game trip at North Dakota State Thursday night.

You can follow the Mastodons men’s basketball team on Twitter @FortWayneMBB.

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