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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette IPFW's Bryson Scott, a Northrop graduate and transfer from Purdue, scored 18 points in the Mastodons’ upset of No. 3 Indiana on Tuesday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:01 pm

Scott represents the '2-6-0'

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

After the way he’d smothered the mighty Hoosiers players all night, maybe it was time for Bryson Scott to get a little overwhelmed.

On the Memorial Coliseum court, minutes after the IPFW men’s basketball team shocked the basketball world with a 71-68 overtime victory over No. 3 Indiana on Tuesday night, Scott was mauled by teammates, classmates and fans who wanted to take selfies with him to record what was one of the biggest sports moments in Fort Wayne history.

"Fort Wayne basketball. Mastodon basketball," Scott shouted. "We had to do it like ‘2-6-0,’ baby."

Scott, a graduate of Northrop and transfer guard from Purdue, had a team-best 18 points for the Mastodons, who led almost the entirety of the game in front of 11,076 fans – most of them pulling for the Hoosiers.

But really drawing rave reviews was Scott’s defensive grit in helping to control another Fort Wayne player, James Blackmon Jr. of Bishop Luers, who had been arguably the top player in the country entering the game.

Scott had three steals, Mo Evans had five steals, and Xzavier Taylor’s block of Blackmon in the waning seconds of overtime cemented the victory for the Mastodons (3-2), the preseason favorite to win the Summit League.

"There’s so much toughness, so much resilience. And to go into overtime, after leading for the whole game, I could see the look in our guys’ eyes when they came to the bench, and they were able to flip it," IPFW coach Jon Coffman said.

"We had guy after guy step up and make big plays. I could go down the line but the defensive effort that Bryson Scott put up today; when he can play like that, it changes our entire season. We’ve got guys all over the place that can score the ball, but we’ve got to get critical stops and he was at the forefront."

Thomas Bryant led IU with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Robert Johnson had 16 points and Blackmon and Josh Newkirk had 13 apiece.

Defensively, IPFW led in steals (11-4) and blocks (7-3), while outscoring the Hoosiers 40-30 in the paint.

Scott certainly helped set the tone early with five points as the Mastodons got an early 13-3 lead that put the Hoosiers on their heels.

"We knew that we could just play with confidence through the whole game," Scott said. "When we got up and came in the first half and showed them that we could play, we just kept that poise throughout the whole game and finished it out."

John Konchar had 15 points. Kason Harrell had 13. Evans added nine.

"It’s just phenomenal. Words don’t describe it. It’s amazing. This feeling is amazing. I need water right now," Konchar said. "We just played a team the whole game. We played really well, moved the ball really well and played our game and we got the win. …

"It’s the toughness we bring out every single day."

That toughness was certainly needed after IPFW squandered a 12-point lead before going to overtime.

"We didn’t know what to think because we thought we’d had it finished, but we collected ourselves and finished the game," Scott said.

And making some Fort Wayne history?

"Man, it feels so, so good. We just went out there and followed the game plan and did what we had to do," Scott said.

jcohn@jg.net