The Mastodons lose a close game against the Milwaukee Panthers Sunday Feb. 25. The final score was 96-88. The game consisted of 10 ties and 14 lead changes.
The first half of the game was very back and forth, and the score after 20 minutes was 40-39 the Panthers leading by one point.
The Mastodons started the second half with an 8-0 run, and they gained a 10-point lead with 15:38 left in the game.
The Panthers went on their own run and tied the game up 74-74 with 8:22 left in the game. Milwaukee held the lead for the remaining seven minutes after their guard Dominic Ham hit a three-pointer.
The Mastodons leading scorer was Rasheed Bello who finished with 21 points shooting seven for 13 from the field. Quinton Morton-Robertson finished with 18 points and Jalen Jackson 16 points.
PFW falls to 18-11 and Milwaukee improves to 15-14. The Mastodons next game is Wednesday Feb. 28 at seven p.m. against Wright State. The game can be watched at Nutter Center and on ESPN+.
On Friday, Feb. 23, the Mastodons beat the Green Bay Phoenix. The final score was 85-59.
They were led by guard Anthony Roberts who finished with 31 points, his highest as a Mastodon. He shot 11-17 five of those being three-pointers.
The Mastodons started off hot, leading by 10 points with just five minutes of play. They held Green Bay to just 23 points at the half after one of their baskets was reviewed and overturned during half-time.
PFW shot 50.8% from the field and held Green Bay to 35% from the field. They also had the Mastodons score 10+ points including guard Jalen Jackson who finished with 17 points with eight for 15 from the field and guard Rasheed Bello with 16 points shooting six for nine from the field.
The Mastodons improve to 18-10 and the Phoenix fall to 17-11. PFW resume play on Sunday, Feb. 25, with a rematch against the Milwaukee Panthers at three p.m. at UWM Panther Arena. The game is also available to watch on ESPN+.
By Janiah Moore
PFW basketball team beat Detroit Mercy on Saturday Feb. 17. The final score was 83-69.
The Mastodons were led by guard Quinton Morton-Robertson with 24 points. He shot eight for 11 from the field, making five three-pointers. For the year, Morton-Robertson has made 80 three-pointers, making him number seven in program history.
The Mastodons held the lead for the entire first half, by 10 points after 20 minutes of play.
With 10:36 left in the game, the Detroit Mercy cut the lead to four points, but the Mastodons went on a 7-0 run only allowing Detroit to be within nine points for the remainder of the game.
Four Mastodons scored double digits, including Jalen Jackson with 18 points and six assists, Rasheed Bello with 15 points and six rebounds, and Anthony Roberts with 13 points and six rebounds.
The Mastodons improve to 17-10 and Detroit Mercy falls to 1-27. PFW face Green Bay Phoenix on Friday Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Kress Events Center. The game is also available to watch on ESPN+.
The Mastodons lost a close battle against the Golden Grizzlies last night. The final score was 71-63.
The Mastodons were led by guard Rasheed Bello, who ended the night with 15 points shooting 7-10 from the field.
PFW was down 10 points at half-time, and guard Anthony Roberts closed the half with a three-point buzzer beater. He finished with seven points and five rebounds.
In the second half, the Golden Grizzlies extended their lead to 13 points. The Mastodons then went on a 21-2 over seven minutes, allowing the Golden Grizzlies only four shot attempts.
After the run, the Mastodons were up by four, but Oakland gained the lead back 62-60 with a minute left in the game. Their guard Jack Gohlke hit a 3-point dagger with 38 seconds left, making the score 65-60.
PFW falls to 16-10 and Oakland University improves to 17-10. The Mastodons are back in action Saturday Feb. 17 against the Detroit Mercy at 1 p.m. The game can be watched at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Michigan, or on ESPN+.
By Janiah Moore
Purdue Fort Wayne’s basketball team won Saturday, Feb. 10. The final score was 92-65.
The Mastodons were led by Jalen Jackson, who ended the night with a career-high 24 points, shooting 10-14 from the field and four rebounds.
The game started off close until the Mastodons ended the half on a 25-8 run. Quinton Morris-Robertson hit a three-pointer to end the half. He finished with 14 points, 12 of which came from three-pointers and eight assists.
Anthony Roberts contributed to this run with six points, ending with 13 points. The Mastodons led by 20 points at the half.
The Mastodons led for the remainder of the game. They finished shooting 60.3% and limited the Jaguars to 45.3%. PFW had four players who scored double digits, including Eric Mulder, who shot a perfect 7-7 from the field giving him 15 points.
The Mastodons improve to 16-9 and the Jaguars drop to 6-20. PFW hosts Oakland University at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum tomorrow, Feb. 14.
By Janiah Moore
Purdue Fort Wayne lost a tough battle against Cleveland State on Wednesday Feb. 7. The final score was 75-72.
Guard Rasheed Bello lead the Mastodons in scoring with 22 points, with 8-14 shooting from the field, and Jalen Jackson scored 21 points, with 8-12 shooting from the field and 7 rebounds. Quinton Morton-Robertson shot 3-5 from three, ending the night with nine points.
The Mastodons led most of the first half of the game and led by seven points at halftime.
With 10:52 left in the game, the Mastodons gained a nine-point lead matching their largest of the night.
After a timeout, the Vikings got back into the game trading the lead with PFW. With 4:17 left, the game was tied 66-66.
After the Vikings Drew Lowder’s free throws, Cleveland State led by four points, but it was cut to one after Morton-Robertson’s made three-pointer with five seconds left in the game.
Cleveland State made another pair of free throws, making the lead three points over the Mastodons.
Bello attempted to tie the game with a three-pointer, but was off denying overtime.
PFW falls to 15-7 and Cleveland State improves to 15-10. The Mastodons take on IUPUI (6-19) this Saturday Feb. 10 at noon at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The game can also be watched on ESPN+.
By Janiah Moore
Purdue Fort Wayne’s men’s basketball team falls short to Milwaukee Thursday night Feb. 1. The final score was Mastodon’s 65 to the Panthers 68.
Mastodon’s guard Jalen Jackson lead scoring with 17 points shooting 6-16 from the field. Rasheed Bello had 13 points and 6 assists. Quinton Morton-Robertson hit three 3 pointers, giving him 12 points for the night.
After trailing by 11, the Mastodon’s cut the score to 38-32 at the half.
With a tip-in from Johnathan DeJurnett, the Mastodon’s took the lead back 55-54 with 9:11 left in the game. Jackson scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half.
The game went down to the wire with the Mastodon’s up by one with 1:08 left, but the Panthers Faizon Fields hit two free throws to give them the lead with 1.3 seconds left.
PFW falls to 14-8 and Milwaukee improves to 11-11. The Mastodon’s host Youngstown State Penguins on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. ET at the Gates Sports Center.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team fell to top seeded Green Bay last night in a 69-65 loss. This loss in the Horizon League Semifinal marks the end of PFW’s season.
The Mastodons put up a good fight against the top seeded Green Bay. PFW looked good as they took a 17-7 lead in the 1st quarter. This hot start faded as they were only able to hold onto a tie at the half. In the third quarter they ended up being down five. In the 4th quarter the team fought back and got the score within four. While they still lost, they were able to keep the game competitive.
PFW shot good from the line but did not shoot well from the field or from three. The team shot 40.0% from the field and 25.8% from three. The team shot perfect from the free throw line going nine for nine.
Green Bay had a slightly better shooting performance as they shot 41.4% from the field, 40.0% from three and 86.7% from the free throw line.
Shayla Sellers, in her last game with the team, led PFW with 21 points, three rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals. Green Bay was led by Cassie Schiltz who had 17 points, seven rebounds and one assist.
PFW had a good defensive night against Green Bay. As a team PFW had 11 steals and three blocks. Amellia Bromenschenkel led the team with four steals. Sellers, Bromenschenkel and Jazzlyn Linbo each had one block.
Green Bay also performed well defensively as the team had seven blocks and five steals. Jasmine Kondrakiewicz led the team with five blocks. Bailey Butler led the team, in steals, with three.
With their win Green Bay has moved on to play in today’s Horizon League Women’s Championship against Cleveland State. This matchup is the top seed against the second seed.
PFW ends their season with a 14-19 record. They ended their season as the 6th seed in the Horizon League. PFW only had three seniors this year, Riley Ott, Sellers and Sylare Starks, so the team will have a majority of their team return next year to try to make it past the semifinals.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team defeats IUPUI tonight in a 73-69 victory. With this win PFW moves onto the Horizon League semifinals. PFW had a strong lead for most of the game but IUPUI tied it with 3:10 left in the game. PFW retook the lead and closed out the game.
The Mastodons had a great shooting night as they went 53% from the field, 57% from three and 57% from the line. IUPUI could not connect at that level as they shot 43% from the field, 25% from three and 65% from the free throw line.
PFW was led offensively tonight by Amellia Bromenschenkel who had 18 points, three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. IUPUI was led by Jazmyn Turner who had 24 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal.
IUPUI had the edge in rebounds tonight as they had 38 compared to PFW’s 24. IUPUI was led in this stat by Turner who had 12 rebounds. PFW was led by Aubrey Stupp in this stat who had seven boards.
With this loss IUPUI’s season came to an end. They ended the season with a 17-12 record. They were 3rd in the Horizon League.
PFW will play in the Horizon League tournament semifinals on Monday.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team‘s season ended tonight in a 66-81 loss to Detroit mercy.
The Mastodons had a poor shooting night as they went 38.3% from the field, 28.6% from three and 75.0% from the free throw line. Detroit Mercy shot far better as they went 47.5% from the field, 40.0% from three and 81.3% from the free throw line.
PFW was led on offense tonight by Bobby Planutis. Planutis led the mastodons with 20 points, one assist, six rebounds and three steals. Detroit Mercy was led by Antoine Davis who had 38 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and four steals.
Detroit had the edge in tonight in rebounds. Detroit had 37 rebounds compared to PFW who had 34. Detroit was led in this stat by Davis who had eight. PFW was led in this stat by Planutis who had six.
With the win Detroit Mercy move on to play in the tournaments second round on Thursday.
With the loss PFW comes to an end.
The Mastodons took a step back this year after last years success. PFW was second in the Horizon League last season and were the regular season champions. This year they fall in the first round of the tournament and end the season 6th in the Horizon League.