NDSU, Omaha survive upset bids to advance to title game

Dick Carlson/Inertia: Purdue Fort Wayne’s John Konchar scores a layup past Omaha’s Matt Pile during the Mavericks’ 61-60 semifinal win over the Mastodons on Tuesday at the 2019 Summit League Basketball Tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Omaha advances to play North Dakota State for the title tonight at 8 p.m.

2019 Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament

SIOUX FALLS – Omaha edged Purdue Fort Wayne 61-60 and North Dakota State dropped Western Illinois 76-73 in the semifinals of the Summit League Men’s Basketball Championship on Tuesday night at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

The Mavericks (21-10) and Bison (17-15) face off in the final tonight at 8. The game will air live on ESPN2.

UNO beat NDSU 90-77 on Jan. 2 in Omaha and 58-50 on Feb. 23 in Fargo.

• Omaha 61, Purdue Fort Wayne 60

John Konchar’s contested 3-point attempt from the right wing at the buzzer rimmed off as the Mavericks defeated the Mastodons in what turned out to be a defensive battle.

UNO led 23-15 less than 8 minutes into the game; however, things slowed down considerably soon thereafter.

The Mavericks were up 37-30 at halftime.

UNO pushed the lead back to 12 points – 42-30 – with 17:46 remaining.

PFW’s Dylan Carl capped a 7-0 spurt with a trey, which put the Mastodons on top 51-50 with 9:34 to go.

It was back-and-forth from there.

Konchar hit a pair of foul shots to make it 60-58 with 3:28 left.

Mitch Hahn buried what proved to be the game-winner – a 3-ball from the right side – with 3:13 left to provide for the final margin.

Hahn scored a game-high 16 points. Zach Jackson added 12 points and JT Gibson 10. Matt Pile just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds, while KJ Robinson had eight markers and Ayo Akinwole six.

Konchar totaled 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting to go with seven boards, four assists, three steals and a block. He turned the ball over seven times.

Kason Harrell added 13 points.

Konchar is the only NCAA Division I player in history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals. He has 2,065, 1,150, 554 and 257, respectively, to go along with 88 blocks in 133 career games.

OMAHA 61, PURDUE FORT WAYNE 60

Purdue Fort Wayne (18-15)

Dylan Carl 3-5 0-0 7, Matt Holba 2-7 0-0 5, Kason Harrell 6-12 0-0 13, Matt Weir 3-6 0-0 8, John Konchar 4-13 3-4 13, Jarred Godfrey 2-5 0-0 4, Dee Montgomery 1-2 1-2 3, Cameron Benford 1-1 0-0 2, Marcus DeBerry 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 24-58 4-6 60.

Omaha (21-10)

JT Gibson 4-11 0-0 10, KJ Robinson 3-9 0-0 8, Zach Jackson 5-10 0-0 12, Matt Pile 3-7 3-5 9, Mitch Hahn 6-14 2-4 16, Ayo Akinwole 2-2 1-1 6, Wangjang Tut 2-2 1-1 6, Brett Barney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 6-10 61.

Halftime – UNO 37-30. 3-point goals – PFW 8-27 (Weir 2-5, Konchar 2-7, Carl 1-2, Harrell 1-2, DeBerry 1-4, Holba 1-5, Godfrey 0-1, Montgomery 0-1); UNO 9-22 (Jackson 2-3, Robinson 2-4, Hahn 2-5, Gibson 2-8, Akinwole 1-1, Tut 0-1). Rebounds – PFW 35 (Holba 10); UNO 32 (Pile 11). Assists – PFW 10 (Konchar 4); UNO 9 (Robinson 2, Jackson 2, Akinwole 2). Steals – PFW 12 (Harrell 4); UNO 8 (Gibson 4). Blocks – PFW 9 (Carl 4); UNO 1 (Hahn). Turnovers – PFW 16; UNO 17. Total fouls – PFW 9; UNO 9. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None. A – 4,508.

• North Dakota State 76, Western Illinois 73

The Bison came up with key stops late to hold off the upstart Leathernecks.

WIU’s Kobe Webster hit a jumper with 3:48 remaining to cut the deficit to 73-71.

NDSU true freshman Sam Griesel, who scored a team-high 20 points, hit a 3-pointer 19 seconds later to make it 76-71.

Neither team scored again until Webster’s layup pulled the Leathernecks within 76-73 with 1:01 left.

WIU got a hold and had a chance to pull even on what proved to be game’s last possession.

Webster’s contested 3-pointer rimmed off and Brandon Gilbeck corralled the offensive rebound with 3 seconds to go. C.J. Duff had an open look as the clock neared zero, but his shot also was off the mark.

The Bison’s Vinnie Shahid added 14 points.

Former Sioux Falls Washington standout Den Geu, a junior, was impactful with 11 points and four boards in 17 minutes off the bench.

NDSU shot 50 percent (27-54). The Bison were 14-of-26 from 3-point range – pushing their tourney total to 24-of-36.

Webster paced the Leathernecks with 24 points. Freshman Ben Pyle added 14 points. Gilbeck had his second tournament double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

NDSU got off to a fast start and led 34-19 with 8:15 remaining in the opening half.

It was 49-40 at halftime.

WIU continued to grind and eventually pulled even at 62-all on a pair of Isaac Johnson free throws with 10:55 remaining. Later, Duff hit a three to put the Leathernecks in front 67-64 with 8:47 left.

The Bison’s Cameron Hunter answered with a trey. Griesel also connected from deep and Shahid hit a free throw as NDSU moved ahead 72-67 with 6:11 showing on the clock.

The team’s exchanged buckets before Griesel’s aforementioned 3 put the Bison on top 76-71 with 3:29 to play.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 76, WESTERN ILLINOIS 73

Western Illinois (10-20)

Zion Young 2-4 2-3 7, Kobe Webster 10-17 2-2 24, Ben Pyle 5-8 1-2 14, C.J. Duff 3-9 0-0 7, Brandon Gilbeck 4-9 3-4 11, Jeremiah Usiosefe 0-1 0-0 0, Keshon Montague 0-0 0-0 0, James Claar 1-1 0-0 2, Isaac Johnson 2-7 4-4 8. Totals 27-56 12-15 73.

North Dakota State (16-15)

Vinnie Shahid 5-9 1-2 14, Sam Griesel 8-12 2-2 20, Jared Samuelson 1-2 0-0 3, Tyson Ward 1-6 1-3 3, Rocky Kreuser 2-3 0-0 5, Tyree Eady 3-7 0-0 8, Chris Quayle 1-1 0-0 3, Cameron Hunter 2-4 0-0 6, Deng Geu 3-6 4-5 11, Jordan Horn 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 27-54 8-12 76.

Halftime – NDSU 49-40. 3-point goals – WIU 7-16 (Pyle 3-4, Webster 2-7, Young 1-1, Duff 1-4); NDSU 14-26 (Shahid 3-4, Griesel 2-4, Hunter 2-4, Eady 2-5, Quayle 1-1, Geu 1-1, Horn 1-1, Samuelson 1-2, Kreuser 1-2, Ward 0-2). Rebounds – WIU 33 (Gilbeck 11); NDSU 26 (Griesel 5). Assists – WIU 7 (Young 3); NDSU 11 (Shahid 3). Steals – WIU 3 (Pyle, Gilbeck, Johnson), NDSU 0. Total fouls – WIU 15; NDSU 16. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.


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