The in-state battle in Indiana resulted in an outcome the majority of college basketball fans did not expect. The Fort Wayne Mastodons sent shockwaves through the college hoops landscape, with a huge home win against the Indiana Hoosiers, 71-68 in overtime.
The Mastodons jumped on the Hoosiers early, building a 13-3 lead at the 16:04 mark. The Mastodons would maintain the lead for most of the game, with Indiana taking its first lead at the 43-42 with 16:16 to play in the second half. However, that lead was short-lived. On the ensuing possession, John Konchar finished a rim-rattling dunk, firing up the home crowd to take the lead. For Fort Wayne, that hot shooting wouldn’t be enough. It was, in fact, their hard-nosed defense that frustrated the Hoosiers all night.
The second-half scoring drought for Fort Wayne was balanced out by their strong defensive play. Konchar, who finished the game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and fve assists, made the big stop in overtime, stealing a pass that ended the hopes of the Hoosiers’ chance at forcing another overtime. Bryson Scott led the Mastodons with 18 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Saint Mary’s rolls past San José State with a dominant second half.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels improved to 4-0, beating the San José State Spartans 81-64, behind a second-half defensive transformation to put distance between the two teams. The 15th-ranked Gaels used their frontcourt as the catalyst on the offensive end. Jock Landale shot 9-10 from the field with 24 points and seven rebounds to lead all scorers. Calvin Hermanson also had the hot hand, finishing with 16 points and knocking down 4-7 from the three-point arc.
Richmond takes care of business against Hampton
The Spiders beat the Hampton Pirates 65-52 in a campus game of the Barclays Center Classic. T.J. Cline dropped 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists as the Spiders won both halves. Marshall Woods chipped in 10 points for the Richmond Spiders who will face Maryland in Brooklyn on Nov. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Other mid-major action:
- The Vermont Catamounts continued to impress with an 87-73 victory over the Hofstra Pride. Vermont received a big night from sophomore Ernie Duncan, who torched the Pride for 33 points, shooting 7-10 from three-point land and adding five rebounds.
- Bradley downed Wofford 70-62, rallying from an 11-point deficit at halftime to improve to 3-2.
- The St. Bonaventure Bonnies blew out Central Michigan, 102-71. All five starters scored in double figures for the Bonnies with Matt Mobley leading the way with 28 points. This is a solid road win as they get even on the season, at 2-2.
- Purdue was too much for the Utah State Aggies, as the Aggies fell 85-64 in the Cancun Challenge.
- Georgia State got a double-digit win in the Cancun Challenge, with a 74-53 victory over NJIT.
- In the Gulf Coast Showcase, George Mason went to the wire with Kent State in the consolation bracket, with the George Mason Patriots winning 79-75.
- The Akron Zips improved to 3-1 with a victory over Georgia Southern in the Savannah Invitational.
- Mercer held Radford below 50 points in a 58-47 win. Mercer will face East Carolina in the Savannah Invitational on Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.
- Middle Tennessee State knocked off Toledo, 80-70.