As you’d expect with an NCAA Division I team facing a Division III team, there was a disparity in size and athleticism.
Purdue Fort Wayne used it to its advantage for a 91-80 victory tonight at Memorial Coliseum over Manchester, which did certainly battle through long-range shooting.
The Mastodons (1-1) were paced by Jarred Godfrey’s 20 points, two days after losing their season-opener 86-71 to UNLV at Las Vegas. Godfrey had 24 points in that game. Tonight, he was 7 of 11 from the field with eight rebounds.
PFW’s Matt Holba had 16 points. Tionne Rollins had 13. Dylan Carl added 12, as the Mastodons shot 51.5 percent from the field
For the Spartans, who were led by Jared Andis’ 18 points, including 6-of-12 shooting from 3-point range. It was considered an exhibition game. Cortiz Buckner had 14 points for the Spartans, who were 15 of 41 from 3-point range.
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This was the 10th meeting between PFW and Manchester. The Mastodons have a 7-3 record in the series and have won seven in a row. Manchester’s victories came in 1978, 1980 and 1981, before the Mastodons played at the Division I level.
The Spartans hung around in the first half, at least until PFW’s Holba drained a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left for a 50-32 lead.
Earlier in the half, it was a battle between PFW’s athleticism and Manchester’s long-range shooting. For the Mastodons, Marcus DeBerry had a steal for an end-to-end fastbreak and a dunk, Brian Patrick drove along the baseline for a dunk, and freshman Deonte Billups’ hard drive to the basket drew a foul and left Manchester’s C.J. Hampton injured, though he would return.
For the Spartans, 24 of their first-half points came on 3-point shots, including 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc by Andis.
The Mastodons took a commanding 56-37 lead when Carl leapt to get to the rebound of a missed Patrick 3-pointer and slammed it in with 17:47 left in the second half.
A fallaway jumper by Patrick soon made it 60-41.
A flagrant foul by PFW’s Cameron Benford sent Manchester’s Jalmen Sullivan to the line to hit a pair of free throws, cutting the Mastodon’s lead to 71-54 with 11:27 remaining. PFW’s Godfrey stole the ball at midcourt and went in for a dunk and an 80-54 lead with 8:17 left.
It was the first game for Manchester’s head coach Nate Conley, who formerly had been the associate head coach at Ohio Wesleyan. The Spartans were 9-16 last season.
PFW next plays 5 p.m. Sunday at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Manchester plays host to Oberlin 7 p.m. Tuesday in North Manchester.