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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:30 pm

Mastodons lose 3rd straight game

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

For the third consecutive game Purdue Fort Wayne held a halftime lead and lost. North Dakota's Cortez Seales went 14 of 20 from the field for 32 points and the Mastodons fell to the Fighting Hawks 88-82 at Gates Center Thursday night.

A 25-6 North Dakota run, spanning the first eight minutes of the second half was the Mastodons undoing. Up 48-42 at the half, PFW came out flat and besides two bully plays by John Konchar to score the first five points of the half not much else happened.

Seales' 19 points in the second half guided the Fighting Hawks to the come from behind win. Between Seales' baseline floaters and Aanen Moody's 3-pointers, North Dakota used a stretch of 6 of 7 from the field, including 5 of 6 from deep to build the lead.

Dylan Carl found a cutting Kason Harrell underneath the basket for the finish with contact to cut the lead to 78-82 with 3:52 to play. Matt Holba then found Harrell for the layup to pull within four at 80-84.

Seales responded with an easy layup and North Dakota hung on.

Despite the loss, Konchar's senior season continues to be flooded with one record after another.

On a 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the first half, Konchar tallied his 10th point of the night and 2,000th of his career. He became the first player in NCAA Division I history to notch 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals.

ewyman@jg.net