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Tuesday night hoops highlights around the Fort and Beyond

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — John Konchar and Matt Holba scored 18 points apiece and Purdue Fort Wayne held off South Carolina State 72-68 on Tuesday night.

Konchar hit 6 of 9 shots from the floor but just 5 of his 10 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds for the Mastodons (3-3). Holba sank 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range and added five rebounds. Konchar also picked up two steals, giving him 214 for his career and moving him past DeAngelo Woodall into second place all-time for PFW.

Since 1992-93, Konchar is one of three collegians to amass 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals in a career. The others were BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (2010-16) and Louisville’s Terrence Williams (2005-09).

Purdue Fort Wayne led 34-31 at halftime, but the Bulldogs (1-5) battled back in the second half to take a 44-42 lead on Damni Applewhite’s 3-pointer with 14:14 left. Jahmari Etienne’s 3 pushed the lead to 49-42 before the Mastodons used a 14-4 run capped by Marcus DeBerry’s 3-pointer to recapture the lead 56-53 with 7:46 remaining.

The Bulldogs took their last lead, 62-61, on two straight baskets by Applewhite with 2:42 to go. But Konchar hit two free throws and PFW never trailed again.

Applewhite paced SCSU with 28 points and nine rebounds.

Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is the Sports Director for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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