Konchar makes history but Dons fall to North Dakota

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Thanks to a 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the first half, John Konchar entered the 2,000th point club on Thursday (Feb. 28) evening at the Gates Sports Center. However North Dakota used a second half rally to upend Purdue Fort Wayne 88-82.

Konchar finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and four steals. He becomes the first player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals.

The ‘Dons led at the half 48-42 but the game shifted on a 15-0 North Dakota run starting with just under 17 minutes left in the second half and halting 4:35 later. Cortez Seales scored nine of his 32 points in the stretch.

The ‘Dons fell behind by as many as 17 but cut it to 78-73 with 7:39 left following 10 straight points. It was on two occasions a four-point game, at 82-78 with 3:53 left and 86-82 with 1:31 left, but the ‘Dons would get no closer.

North Dakota shot 53.1 percent (34-of-64) from the floor while the ‘Dons finished at an even 50 percent (31-of-62).

Jarred Godfrey and Matt Weir both had 12 points. Weir did so on 4-of-4 shooting.

North Dakota improves to 12-16 (6-9 Summit League). Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 17-13 (9-6 Summit).

The ‘Dons host North Dakota State on Saturday (March 2) in the regular season finale. Konchar and Kason Harrell will be honored prior to the game as part of Senior Day festivities. Tip is set for 5 p.m. against the visitors from Fargo. 

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