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South Dakota State Falls at Fort Wayne

Brayden Carlson, South Dakota State University
(Photo by Dave Eggen/Inertia)

South Dakota State lost a physical match-up at Fort Wayne Saturday night, falling to a Mastodon team they had beaten eight straight times, 82-75. The loss also snaps SDSU’s five game winning streak.

The Jackrabbits came out cold, hitting just 3 of their first 10 shots, while the Mastodons were 8-of-13 early to open up a 6-point lead with 10:4 to play in the first half.

But Brayden Carlson single handedly kept SDSU in the game in the first 20 minutes, hitting 5-of-11, including a trio of 3-pointers, for 17 first half points.  Carlson’s triple with 1:20 left pulled South Dakota State even at 42.

Despite being outshot (50%-46%), outrebounded (17-14), outscored in the paint (22-2), and outscored off the bench (13-3), the Jacks outscored IPFW 15-7 at the free throw line in the first 20 minutes, to stay within two, 44-42, at the break.

Fort Wayne jumped out quickly in the second half, with a 5-0 win to push the lead to 49-42, but then Carlson hit a pair of jumpers and Jordan Dykstra nailed a three and threw down a dunk sparking a 10-0 SDSU run to put the Jacks up 50-49 with 16:38 left.

But the Jackrabbits shooting fortunes quickly changed, as SDSU managed to make just 2 of their next 11, giving the Mastodons a chance to stretch the lead to 64-56 with 7:56 left.

Marcus Heemstra found his shooting touch, nailing back-to-back baskets cutting the IPFW lead to 4 with 6:22 left.

But the Jacks couldn’t convert late when the had chances, as Cody Larson turned the ball over three times down low in the game’s final few minutes, while the Mastodons hit their free throws to secure the victory.

Luis Jocobo led IPFW with 24 points.  Carlson was one of four Jacks in double figures; he finished with 24, Dykstra added 18, Larson and Chad White each with 12.

The Mastodons controlled the game down low, grabbing 12 offensive rebounds to just 4 for SDSU.  IPFW won the points in the paint battle, 42-26.

With two wins in the first weekend of conference play, Fort Wayne takes over sole possession of first place in the Summit League.

South Dakota State (9-8/1-1) hosts Western Illinois and Omaha in week two of Summit League action next Thursday and Saturday.

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