SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (WANE) – IPFW led by as many as 18 points but was dealt a crushing defeated by North Dakota State 69-68 in the semifinals of the Summit League Tournament on Monday night.
The Dons led 8-0 with a Max Landis lay-in sandwiched in between a Michael Calder and Landis triple.
Calder drained another three and hit a lay-up to earn the Dons a 13-2 advantage at 15:25.
After a short run by NDSU to cut IPFW’s lead to 10 at 20-10 with 10 minutes to play in the first half the Mastodons’ shooters got hot again.
Landis, John Konchar, and DeAngelo Stewart hit threes on consecutive possessions as IPFW took a 31-13 lead with just under six minutes to play in the half.
After a Konchar slam made it 38-23 early in the second half NDSU went on a run to cut IPFW’s lead to seven points at 42-35. However, back-to-back threes from Konchar and Landis would give the Dons a 48-35 advantage with just over 13 minutes to play.
NDSU chipped away with a three by A.J. Jacobson tying the game at 65 with a little over two minutes to play.
A Landis three at 1:48 gave IPFW a 68-65 lead but NDSU made it 68-67 with 42.4 seconds to go thanks to a Carlin Dupree bucket.
After a Landis miss from behind the arc with 23 seconds left NDSU had the opportunity for a go-ahead bucket. NDSU’s hit a lay-up and was fouled with 4 seconds left, giving NDSU a 69-68 lead. After Dupree missed his free throw an off-balance Landis heave at the buzzer bounced off the backboard with IPFW falling 69-68.
IPFW led by as many as 18 in the game. Landis led the way with 19 points. Konchar added 17 points while Calder chipped in with 16.
The Dons fall to 24-9 overall but their season is not over. Due to the fact they won the Summit League regular season title but did not win the conference tournament the Dons are guaranteed a spot in the N.I.T. postseason basketball tournament. IPFW will find out its first round opponent Sunday night.