The Journal Gazette
Friday, February 14, 2020 10:40 pm

North Dakota State 80, Purdue Fort Wayne 70

Mastodons lose to North Dakota State


Jarred Godfrey had 20 points and four assists, but Purdue Fort Wayne came up short again against the best team in the Summit League, falling to North Dakota State 80-70 on Friday at the Scheels Center in Fargo, North Dakota. Tyson Ward had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bison, who are 11-1 at home this season.

PFW (12-15, 5-7 Summit League) went just 5 for 18 from beyond the 3-point line, the exact same totals the Mastodons had when they lost to North Dakota State in Fort Wayne 71-60 on Feb. 1. Purdue Fort Wayne shot 49% overall to just 40% for the Bison. 

Dylan Carl had 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting for PFW and added eight rebounds, while Matt Holba chipped in 13 points and four rebounds. Holba went 2 for 3 from 3-point range and is 13 for 24 (54.2%) over his last five games from beyond the arc.

PFW trailed by 10 at halftime, but started the second half on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 43-41. A 10-0 run later in the half that included five points from Ward, however, put the Bison up 72-54 with 4:25 left and sealed the Mastodons' fate.

North Dakota State, which has won six straight, made 22 free throws to nine for PFW.

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