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  • Elizabeth Wyman | The Journal Gazette Matt Weir drives to the basket during the Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Earlham game Thursday night at Gates Sports Center.  

Thursday, November 08, 2018 11:20 pm

Konchar leading the way for Mastodons

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar has picked up right where he left off when the season ended last year. The redshirt senior guard averaged nearly 20 points per game over the last 11 games last season and has averaged 21 over the first two games of the season.

Leading the Mastodons in points, assists, rebounds and minutes in the season-opening loss to No.21 UCLA, Konchar scored 17 points in the first half in Purdue Fort Wayne's 112-51 rout of Earlham on Thursday.

He went 7 of 11 and hit two 3-pointers, dominating the Quakers by himself. In the process, Konchar moved into fifth place on the program's all-time scoring list (1,465) and threw-down a few highlight reel dunks along the way.

With all the attention Konchar demands as well as Kason Harrell, who added 12 points, his teammates were being left open, allowing the Mastodons to perfectly execute the inside-out game when Konchar drove to the basket.

While freshmen Jarred Godfrey went a blistering 9 of 10 from the field for a game-high 23 points off the bench, junior Dee Montgomery added 18 off the bench.

The bench added 61 points in the victory.

"Just really a team effort tonight," coach Jon Coffman said. "Led by John Konchar and Kason Harrell who are really, really playing well right now."

Coffman said the biggest take away from the blowout win was that every player saw minutes, which is crucial considering the Mastodons have 10 newcomers.

"I think we're on the rise, and I think this new group is going to continue to grow," Coffman said.

ewyman@jg.net