First place Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne takes down North Dakota State Bison men

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A scoring drought late in the game hurt North Dakota State, as Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne rallied for a 79-74 victory in Summit League men's basketball Thursday at the Gates Sports Center.The Bison (13-7, 3-3 Summit) held a sev...

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North Dakota’s Dexter Werner, left, jumps up to shoot the ball as IPFW’s Racine Talla tries to block him during the second period during the IPFW Mastodons vs. North Dakota State Bison men’s basketball game at IPFW’s Gates Center on Thursday in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Photo by Rachel Von / Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A scoring drought late in the game hurt North Dakota State, as Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne rallied for a 79-74 victory in Summit League men’s basketball Thursday at the Gates Sports Center.
The Bison (13-7, 3-3 Summit) held a seven-point lead in the second half, but NDSU went scoreless for nearly 6 minutes late in the game. IPFW managed to score 10 straight points to take the lead and secure the victory.
IPFW (16-5, 5-1) has won nine of its last 10 games and is in first place in the Summit League. Mastodons senior guard Max Landis tallied 17 points. Freshman guard John Konchar added 10 points and 19 rebounds for IPFW.
NDSU senior Kory Brown and sophomore Paul Miller each scored 23 points for the Bison.
Brown’s 23 points were a career high, topping the 21 he scored against South Dakota on Jan. 13. Miller drained a career-high five 3-pointers for NDSU.
Brown and Miller each came up short of a double-double, as Brown had nine rebounds and Miller grabbed eight.
IPFW led by as many as seven points in the first half at 22-15, but the Bison went on a 13-2 run to take a 28-24 lead with 5 minutes, 30 seconds left before halftime.
NDSU held a 37-36 advantage at the break.
The Bison led 62-58 with seven minutes remaining in the game, but NDSU did not score again until a three-point play by Brown with 1:13 on the clock. IPFW scored 10 straight over that stretch to take a 68-62 lead.
Freshman Khy Kabellis, Miller and Brown all drained 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds to get NDSU within three at 77-74.
Konchar made a pair of free throws with two seconds left to seal the Mastodon victory.
NDSU will travel to Macomb, Ill., to take on Western Illinois at 2 p.m. Saturday.

NDSU (13-7, 3-3 Summit): Jacobson 2-9 1-3 5, D. Miller 2-3 0-0 4, P. Miller 9-19 0-1 23, Kabellis 3-7 2-2 10, Brown 9-11 3-3 23, Clements 1-3 0-0 3, Kading 1-3 0-0 2, Werner 2-8 0-1 4. Totals 29-63 6-10 74.
FW (16-5, 5-1): Reed 5-7 5-7 15, Calhoun 3-9 0-0 6, Konchar 2-6 4-6 10, Landis 5-15 5-6 17, Calder 4-8 0-1 9, Stewart 5-10 0-0 11, Ruise 3-8 2-2 9, Talla 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-66 16-22 79.
Half: NDSU 37, IPFW 36. 3-point goals: NDSU 10-22 (Miller 5-10, Kabellis 2-4, Brown 2-2, Clements 1-2, Jacobson 0-3, Kading 0-1), IPFW 7-23 (Landis 2-7, Konchar 2-3, Stewart 1-4, Ruise 1-4, Calder 1-3, Reed 0-1, Talla 0-1). Total fouls: NDSU 18, IPFW 15. Rebounds: NDSU 37 (Brown 9), IPFW 42 (Konchar 19). Assists: NDSU 11 (Jacobson 4), IPFW 15 (Landis 7). Steals: NDSU 5 (five tied with 1), IPFW 5 (Landis 2). Turnovers: NDSU 10, IPFW 8. A: 964.

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