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Fort Wayne beats Indiana for the second straight year

Lightning strikes twice for the Mastodons.

NCAA Basketball: IUPU - Ft. Wayne at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

We all remember Fort Wayne’s upset of Indiana last year. The Mastodons took down then No. 3 Indiana, and danced merrily on the court as the overtime buzzer sounded. It was a wild night for the fans and a banner night for a blossoming program.

Surely, it wouldn’t happen again, right? WRONG.

This year, Fort Wayne stormed into Assembly Hall and shot the Hoosiers right out of their own gym. The Mastodons used a potent perimeter barrage to take down the lackadaisical Hoosiers, 92-72.

The Hoosiers struggled to defend the three-point arc, and seemingly turned it over on every other possession. It might be time to put Tom Crean on the hot se- oh Archie Miller is the coach now? My bad.

In similar fashion to Indiana State’s upset of the Hoosiers earlier this year, the three-point shot was Fort Wayne’s main weapon. The ‘Dons connected 17 times from behind the arc, which tied for their best outing of the season.

Fort Wayne pushed the tempo and took advantage of the careless Indiana offense. The Hoosiers turned the ball over 18 times, and the Mastodons made them pay for it.

The Mastodons got big scoring nights from Kason Harrell and Bryson Scott, who scored 28 and 26 points, respectively. John Konchar added 16 of his own, and hit timely threes throughout the second half to hold off any push by Indiana.

The win pushes the Mastodons to 8-5 on the year, and gives them their first signature win of the season. With Summit League play right around the corner, they’ll have a game against Liberty and two non-D1’s to maintain the momentum. If tonight is any indication, Fort Wayne is going to be right in the thick of things in the conference race.