The Journal Gazette
Friday, February 14, 2020 1:00 am

PFW at North Dakota St.

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Scheels Center, Fargo, N.D.

Records: PFW (12-14, 5-6 Summit League), North Dakota State (18-7, 9-2)

Radio: 1380 AM, 100.9 FM

Outlook: The Mastodons are coming off back-to-back wins over Western Illinois and Denver and have won three times in the last four games. Their last matchup was a 70-63 win at Denver on Saturday in which freshman Deonte Billups scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds (his first career double-double) and had two steals. Brian Patrick added 15 points and shot 4 for 8 from 3-point range. ... Senior Matt Holba's outside shooting has been a key to PFW's recent hot streak: he's hitting 52.4% (11 for 21) from beyond the arc in his last four games. ... The Mastodons have taken a lot of shots from long distance this season. They are averaging 25.8 attempts , 26th in the country. They're making 33.5% of those . ... Sophomore Jarred Godfrey has been PFW's best player , averaging 15.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. He is seventh in the Summit League in total points (411), third in assists (88) and 26th in the country in minutes played (883). ... Billups has been averaging 12.4 points, second on the team, since moving into the starting lineup when the Summit League schedule began. ... North Dakota State is the top team in the Summit League and the winner of five straight. Among those five was a 71-60 victory over PFW in Fort Wayne, a game in which the Mastodons shot only 5 for 18 from 3-point range. ... The Bison are undefeated at home in conference play and 10-1 at the Scheels Center this season. ... NDSU is led by 5-foot-11 senior guard Vinnie Shahid, who averages 18.1 points and shoots 38.2% on 3-pointers. He scored 22 points in the first matchup against Purdue Fort Wayne. ... The Bison rank No. 2 nationally in fewest opponent offensive rebounds, giving up only 6.2 per game. ... The Mastodons next play at 3 p.m. Sunday at South Dakota State.

– Dylan Sinn, The Journal Gazette

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