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Friday, November 08, 2019 1:00 am

Purdue Fort Wayne 91 Manchester 80

Mastodons turn back Spartans

Sophomore's 20 points leads 1st win

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Dylan Carl was asked what teammate Jarred Godfrey is doing well right now for the Purdue Fort Wayne basketball team.

Carl thought for a moment, leaned toward the microphone and deadpanned, “Everything.”

It was concise and correct.

Godfrey had 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Mastodons on Thursday in a 91-80 victory over Manchester at Memorial Coliseum, and it came on the heels of his 24 points in the season-opening 86-71 loss to UNLV in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

“Just attacking our process,” said Godfrey, a sophomore guard, who averaged 6.8 points and 15.7 minutes over 33 games last season. “Everyone, we get open looks, so I've been staying in attack mode, being aggressive and letting the game come to me.”

For the Mastodons (1-1), a Division I team, it was far from a perfect performance against Division III Manchester, which counted the game as an exhibition.

“We try and just have the same mentality and focus on getting better in games like these,” Carl said.

The Spartans gave PFW problems in the first half with long-range shooting and closed the gap late after falling behind by 26 points in the second half.

Manchester's Jared Andis hit 6 of 12 3-point shots and finished with 18 points. The Spartans, who shot 44.3% from the field, were 15 of 41 from beyond the arc.

PFW, which shot 51.5%, was 9 of 28 from 3-point range.

“I felt like I saw more plays today that look like Fort Wayne basketball,” Mastodons coach Jon Coffman said. “On the offensive end, I thought the ball swung better and that we played with better pace (than against UNLV). We had some more coachable moments.

“Some of the things with our quicks and transition stuff, it looked more like our flow. I give a lot of respect to Manchester; they shot the lights out of the ball and they exposed some weaknesses.”

Cortiz Buckner had 14 points and Jalmen Sullivan 11 for Manchester.

Matt Holba had 16 points and Tionne Rollins 13 for PFW. Carl had 12 points with nine rebounds. The advantage in size and athleticism showed for the Mastodons, who led 45-26 in rebounds and got thunderous dunks from Marcus DeBerry, Brian Patrick, Carl and Godfrey.

“Obviously, we got the win, so that's the most important thing,” said Godfrey, whose team next plays at 5 p.m. Sunday at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau. “I just liked our process. We pushed the ball and made mature plays, found guys and were playing unselfishly.”

Godfrey, 6-foot-5 gaurd from Atlanta, is an early player to watch for the Mastodons after they lost stars John Konchar and Kason Harrell to graduation.

“He's obviously scored the ball really well. Today, he rebounded really well and found guys a little better,” Coffman said. “He's done a really good job of setting the offense early and getting penetration, and I like that. He's very coachable; I have a great connection with him. He wants to get better and wants to be coached, and that's why he's had a great transition from Year 1 to 2 with us. ... I knew he had it in him coming off of last year, he just needed the opportunity.”

Manchester plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Oberlin in North Manchester.

jcohn@jg.net