The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 23, 2020 1:00 am

PFW at South Dakota

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Sanford Coyote Sports Center, Vermillion, S.D.

Records: Purdue Fort Wayne (9-11, 2-3 Summit League); South Dakota (12-8, 3-3)

Outlook: Purdue Fort Wayne goes for the season sweep after winning the previous matchup in Fort Wayne. The teams faced each other Jan. 1, when the Mastodons shot 42.6% from the field while limiting South Dakota's shooters to just 35.7% en route to an 70-59 victory in the conference opener. ... Since that loss, the Coyotes have won 3 of 4 to climb back to .500 in Summit League play. ... The Mastodons are led by sophomore guard Jarred Godfrey, who is averaging 16.1 points, eighth in the Summit League. He is also fifth in the conference in assists with 67 and is second in minutes per game at 33.9. ... PFW has centered much of its offense around 3-point attempts this season, shooting 26.5 per game, 17th-most in the country. The Mastodons are only hitting 32.1% of those attempts, however, which ranks 245th nationally. ... South Dakota has relied heavily on its seniors. Tyler Hagedorn, Stanley Umude, Cody Kelley, Tyler Peterson and Triston Simpson have accounted for 84% of the team's scoring and 92% of all the Coyotes' points over the last five games. ... Hagedorn, a second-team All-Summit League player in 2017-18 (he sat out all of last season with an injury), is averaging 18.7 points and 7.1 rebounds. He's scoring 21.5 points per game in l play. ... South Dakota has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 90 points. ... The Coyotes have turned the ball over on just 15.2% of their possessions, the seventh-lowest rate among all 353 Division I teams. The Coyotes have turned the ball over only 10.5 times per game and just 8.2 times per game over their last five. Purdue Fort Wayne, meanwhile, leads the Summit League in steals per game at 7.1. ... The Mastodons will be back in action at 8 p.m. Saturday at Omaha (10-10, 3-2 Summit League). 

– Staff, news services

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