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Fort Wayne weathers scoring drought, stuns No. 3 Indiana in overtime

Great defense saved the Mastadons.

NCAA Basketball: IUPU - Ft. Wayne at Utah
John Konchar did it all against IU.
Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

It had been 50 years since Indiana last played at Fort Wayne.

For Fort Wayne fans, it must have felt like another 50 years went by waiting for their team to score.

Fort Wayne slogged through nearly ten minutes without a field goal in the second half to stun No. 3 Indiana 71-68 in overtime. The Mastadons built a 61-49 lead with 10:19 remaining, but saw that evaporate as they struggled against the Hoosiers’ 2-3 zone.

Great defense, especially from Bryson Scott, allowed Fort Wayne to remain in the game despite scoring just four points over the final 10:19. Three of those came on a three-pointer from Kason Harrell, who would hit another long range shot to start overtime.

John Konchar gave the Mastadons the lead for good on a free throw with 1:19 left in overtime, and capped an excellent night (15 nights, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) that saw the sophomore star rarely leave the floor.

Scott, a Purdue transfer, frustrated fellow Fort Wayne, Ind.-native James Blackmon Jr. throughout the game. Fort Wayne did benefit from OG Anunoby not logging a minute in the second half, potentially because of an illness.

The Mastadons play next on Nov. 26 against Mississippi Valley State, and get a shot at another intra-state stunner Dec. 6 at Notre Dame.