LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- What seemed like a nice opportunity to let some Hoosier fans see their heroes up close and get a road win turned into an ambush as third-ranked Indiana trailed nearly the entire game and lost 71-68 in overtime at Fort Wayne.
The homestanding Mastadons led nearly the entire way in what was being called the biggest game ever at the city's Memorial Coliseum. They built ten-point leads in both halves and then after Indiana rallied to force overtime, they outscored the visitors 6-3 in the extra period to secure the victory.
Redshirt Junior Bryson Scott led the way for Fort Wayne (3-2). The Purdue transfer had 18 points and 12 rebounds Redshirt Sophomore John Konchar added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Thomas Bryant had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana (3-1). Robert Johnson had 16, while James Blackmon, Jr. and Josh Newkirk each scored 13.
Head Coach Jon Coffman was efusive in his praise for Tom Crean to agree to bring his Hoosiers to Fort Wayne, saying his school and the city was a winner even before things tipped off. He still believes IU is a legitimate top five team. Time will tell. The Hoosiers host Mississippi Valley State Sunday before welcoming North Carolina to Bloomington November 30th.
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