South Dakota Hands Purdue Fort Wayne First Summit League Loss


Purdue Fort Wayne saw their six-game win streak snapped on Sunday (Jan. 13) afternoon in an 87-73 loss at South Dakota.

Matt Weir led the Mastodons with 20 points. He was 6-of-6 from the floor including making all five attempts beyond the arc. His 20 points stand as a career high against a Division I opponent. He was one of four ‘Dons in double-digits. Dylan CarlJohn Konchar and Kason Harrell all had 13 points.

The Mastodons led 63-57 with less than 12 minutes left in the game when the Coyotes closed the game on a 30-10 stretch. The ‘Dons would go 2-of-15 from the floor while South Dakota hit 9-of-14 shots and made 12-of-14 from the stripe.

It was reminiscent of the stretch the Mastodons went on in the first half. The ‘Dons fell behind by as many as nine points in the first before the defense and offense started to click. A 17-0 Purdue Fort Wayne run put the ‘Dons up 34-24 with 4:56 left in the first. It was part of a push that saw the ‘Dons limit USD to no field goals for nearly seven minutes. Weir made four of his 3-pointers in this stretch.

The Coyotes cut the Mastodon lead to five at 42-37 at the break. South Dakota took a one-point lead before the first media timeout of the second half to make it close again.

South Dakota finished the game shooting 54.4 percent (31-of-57) while the ‘Dons shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56).

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 12-8 (4-1 Summit). The Coyotes improve to 8-9 (2-2 Summit). The ‘Dons are back in action on Saturday (Jan. 19) at Western Illinois.

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