Konchar makes history as Purdue Fort Wayne takes down South Dakota

Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar did a little bit of everything with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists earning the first men's tournament triple-double to help the Mastodons down South Dakota.
Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar did a little bit of everything with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists earning the first men's tournament triple-double to help the Mastodons down South Dakota.

Press Conference: (3) Purdue Fort Wayne | (6) South Dakota

The Basics
Score: No. 3 Purdue Fort Wayne 96, No. 6 South Dakota 70
Records: Purdue Fort Wayne (18-14), South Dakota (13-17)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The most decorated player in Purdue Fort Wayne history, senior John Konchar, added to his legacy in Sunday's quarterfinal matchup with South Dakota by posting the tournament's first triple-double. He finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the No. 3 seed Mastodons 96-70 win over No. 6 seed Coyotes.

Along with the individual achievement for Konchar, he and his teammates combined to set a Summit League Tournament single-game record with 16 3-pointers, 11 of which came in the first half.

On his way to posting the program's second career triple-double, Konchar tallied eight points, eight rebounds, and nine assists in the first half alone, as the 'Don's came out hot and used a 12-0 run to break the game open, and then build a 52-25 lead at halftime.

The Coyotes battled throughout the second half, and played even with the Mastodons for the remainder of the game, but could never put together a strong enough run to overcome the first half deficit.

Along with Konchar and his big night, Kason Harrell led six Mastodons in double figures with 21 points, with Matt Holba adding 15, Dee Montgomery 11, while both Dylan Carl and Marcus DeBerry finished with 10 points.

South Dakota's Stanley Umude tied Harrell for game-high honors, and led a trio of Coyotes in double figures with 21 points. Tyler Peterson added 15 and Triston Simpson 12 points to go along with his team-high eight assists in the loss.

Trey Burch-Manning pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to along with his four points before leaving the game with an injury.

The Mastodons advance to play No. 2 seed Omaha on Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.

Turning Point

  • Already leading 7-5 less than three minutes into the game, Purdue Fort Wayne went on a quick 12-0 run, with 3-pointers from Kason Harrell, Matt Holba, Dee Montgomery and John Konchar over the next three minutes to take a 19-5 lead. The Coyotes would get no closer than 11 points for the rest of the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Purdue Fort Wayne's 16 3-point field goals topped the old mark of 15, set by Oakland vs. Southern Utah in the tournament quarterfinals on March 4, 2012
  • The Mastodons hit their 16 triples on 30 attempts, 53 percent, and shot 58 percent overall in the game, 33 for 57
  • The Mastodons' 52 in the opening 20 minutes were the third most first-half points in a tournament contest
  • The Mastodons scored at least 50 points in the first half for the third time this season and at least 50 points in either half for the ninth time this season
  • Konchar has scored at least 10 points in every game this season
  • Konchar's triple-double was the fourth in Summit League history and second of the 2018-19 season which came against the Mastodons (Brandon Gilbeck; 12 points, 16 rebounds and 10 rebounds)
  • The Mastodons improved to 10-0 when Dee Montgomery scores at least 10 points

News & Notes

  • Purdue Fort Wayne improved to 7-11 all-time in the tournament, with an even 6-6 mark in the quarterfinals
  • The Mastodons played for the first time as a No. 3 seed in 12 tournament appearances
  • South Dakota fell to 4-7 all-time in the tournament, with a 3-4 record in the quarterfinals
  • The Coyotes played for the first time as a No. 6 seed
  • USD won its first-ever tournament game over Purdue Fort Wayne, 82-73, in the 2015 quarterfinals
  • Konchar scored in double figures for the 107th time in his career, and posted double figure rebounds for the 48th time
  • Purdue Fort Wayne improved to 11-4 this season when wearing its white uniforms
  • Purdue Fort Wayne leads the all-time series tied at 10-9
  • Session attendance: 5,989

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