Fort Wayne, Ind. (Nov. 15, 2017) ---Fort Wayne knocked down 17 three-point field goals en route to an 85-71 win over Delaware State in a men’s basketball contest this evening. The Mastodons won their second straight game to improve to 2-1, while the Hornets have dropped two in a row to fall to 1-2.
Kason Harrell led Fort Wayne with 20 points, highlighted by six three-pointers (6-11). John Kochar added 18 points, including four three-pointers (4-7), and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Delaware State sophomore guard Kobe Gantz led all players with a career-best 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, two three-pointers (2-4), and five free throws on six attempts. Gantz also led the Hornets with seven rebounds and a career-high seven steals. The Lancaster, Pa., native has scored 44 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the last two games.
Freshman guard Pinky Wiley added 17 points, while Jonathan Mitchell contributed 16, each a career-high, for the Hornets.
Delaware State trailed 35-29 at the half, but pulled to within 42-40 on a lay-up by Artem Tavakalyn to cap a 5-0 run with 15:44 left to play.
Fort Wayne answered by scoring 10 of the next 12 points, and opened up a 52-42 lead on a three-pointer by Harrell at the 13:17 mark of the second half.
Delaware State cut the deficit to 56-50 on a lay-in by Wiley, but Harrell and Matt Weir hit three-pointers on consecutive possessions to give Fort Wayne a 62-50 lead with 9:26 remaining.
The Hornets could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Delaware State outshot Fort Wayne in the game. The Hornets were 29-for-63 from the field (46.0%), while the Mastodons connected on 41.8% of their shots (28-67).
Fort Wayne, however, outscored DSU 51-15 on three-point shots. The Mastodons shot 43.6% from beyond the arc (17-39), while the Hornets hit on 35.7% of their three-point attempts (5-14).
Delaware State is back in action Thursday evening (Nov. 16) at Illinois-Chicago. Game time is 8:00 Eastern in Chicago, Ill.
The next DSU home game is Nov. 25 vs. Georgian Court. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall.