VERMILLION, S.D.—Frank Gaines scored a game-high 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting to lead Fort Wayne to a 64-51 win against South Dakota on senior night at the DakotaDome. It was the final home game of the season for the Coyotes (8-18, 4-10 Summit League), who will play their final three on the road.
Gaines had 15 points in the first half and the Mastodons (12-16, 5-9) led 36-17 at the break. South Dakota made 7 of 23 shots in the opening stanza and was outscored 19-4 during the final nine minutes. Fort Wayne shot 47 percent in the first half, hit four three-pointers and committed just one turnover.
South Dakota switched from matchup zone to man-to-man defense in the second half and it led to a 10-2 Coyote run that spanned six minutes and cut the deficit to 38-27. Trevor Gruis scored 10 of his team-leading 12 points during the first nine minutes of the second half. His sixth field goal of the game made it 42-31 with 11 minutes to go. He was 6 of 8 from the field.
Fort Wayne point guard Pierre Bland made back-to-back layups to cap a 6-0 run and the Mastodons stayed in control the rest of the way. The Mastodons earned a 36-29 edge on the boards and turned 10 USD turnovers into 16 points.
Casey Kasperbauer made three of South Dakota's five three-pointers and had 11 points. Juevol Myles added 10 points and three assists. Fort Wayne's Joe Edwards came off the bench to net 11 points.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Amanda Hyde scored 23 points while three other Mastodons scored in the double- digits as Fort Wayne topped South Dakota 71-64 on Saturday at the Gates Sports Center.
Stefanie Mauk scored 14 points for Fort Wayne (11-14, 7-6), while Rachel Mauk scored 12 points and Erin Murphy added 10 points. The Mastodons converted 16 Coyote turnovers into 19 points and drew 21 fouls. The win pulled Fort Wayne into a tie for third place with South Dakota in the Summit League standings.
For South Dakota (12-14, 7-6), Polly Harrington recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a 19 point-12 rebound effort, while Tempestt Wilson scored 17 points.
Fort Wayne led by as many as 11 in the first half while shooting 48 percent and went into halftime with a 36-28 lead. South Dakota fought back to take a 54-53 lead with 10:45 left, but Fort Wayne drew eight fouls and shot 10 of 14 from the free throw line to outscore USD 18-10 the rest of the way.
South Dakota will return to the DakotaDome to host IUPUI on Thursday at 7 p.m.