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Mastodons fall short in final seconds

CAPE GIRARDEAU TOWNSHIP, Mo. (AP) — Chris Harris scored 16 points and his 3-pointer with 27 seconds left sent Southeast Missouri State past Purdue Fort Wayne 79-78 on Sunday.

The Redhawks (1-1) extended their 40-32 halftime lead to 15 points (51-36) when Isaiah Gable buried a 3-pointer with 16:39 remaining. But the Mastodons (1-2) used the next 14 minutes to outscore the Lions 37-21 for a 73-72 lead after Jarred Godfrey made a pair of free throws with 2:53 left.

The teams exchanged a pair of 3-pointers and Brian Patrick’s jumper gave Purdue Fort Wayne a 78-75 lead with 77 seconds remaining. Sage Tolbert made 1 of 2 foul shots and reduced the Lions deficit to two. On the Mastodons next possession, Dylan Carl turned it over and the Lions called a time out to set up Harris’ game winner.

Matt Holba missed a 3-pointer with six seconds and Patrick couldn’t convert the put-back attempt and time expired.

Patrick led the Mastodons with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Megan Salle

Megan Salle is the Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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