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Slow start haunts UND in 77-53 loss vs. Kansas City

The University of North Dakota men’s basketball team dropped a 77-53 decision to Kansas City on Sunday afternoon from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks.
UND (2-9, 1-1 Summit League) couldn’t get its offense in rhythm for much of the game and allowed Kansas City (5-6, 1-1 Summit League) to jump out to an early lead and not look back.
Filip Rebraca led the way for the second straight game with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, matching a game-best eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Playing his first back-to-back games of the season, De’Sean Allen-Eikens came off the bench and provided a spark for the Hawks with 13 points, knocking down seven of his nine attempts from the line, while also grabbing a pair of boards.
It was not a pretty start for either offense through the opening seven minutes of the game, with Kansas City holding UND to just a single basket on seven shot attempts. The Roos mustered a little more success when they had the ball, jumping out to an 8-2 advantage on a 3-for-8 start from the field.
Shots continued not to find the twine for the Hawks as the half wore on, with the hosts earning trips to the line, but only knocking down two of their first nine attempts to see the Roos build an 18-6 lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the period.
The lead grew to as large as 14 for Kansas City at 20-6, but UND closed the gap to just eight, 28-20, at the halftime break by hitting four of its final five shots.
Triples and free throws were the bugaboos for the Fighting Hawks through the opening 20 minutes, connecting on only 6-of-16 from the charity stripe and failing to knock down a three on seven attempts. UND held Kansas City to zero triples as well on four tries, but the Roos hit 13-of-22 from the field from inside the arc.
After a Rebraca basket to trim the deficit to just six to open the second half, Kansas City answered back by hitting its first five shots from the field to take a 14-point lead, 39-25, less than four minutes into the frame. The Roos kept sinking everything they took on the offensive end, extending the lead to over 20 with just over 12 minutes to play in the contest with a perfect 10-for-10 start from the field.
North Dakota kept battling throughout the second half, trimming the deficit down to 15 following a three-point play by Ethan Igbanugo with just over eight minutes to play, but the 15-point deficit was as close as the Hawks would get with the Roos closing out the 77-53 victory.
UND will hit the road for the first time in league play for a pair of games against Oral Roberts on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

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Bison finish sweep at Western Illinois with 78-67 victory

MACOMB, Ill. – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team won 78-67 at Western Illinois on Sunday afternoon to move to 2-0 in Summit League play.
Six Bison players scored in double figures, led by junior Tyree Eady with 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Jarius Cook added 14 points, and freshman Grant Nelson scored 13 for NDSU.
Bison junior Sam Griesel finished with 10 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.
NDSU shot 53 percent for the game, while Western Illinois made 42 percent. The Bison committed just seven turnovers in the game. WIU led 18-11 six minutes into the contest, but back-to-back threes from Cook and a bucket by Nelson erased that margin. Cook drained four three-pointers in the first half, including two more in a 9-2 Bison run that gave NDSU the lead for good at 34-27.
The Bison held a 43-34 advantage at halftime, and NDSU led by as many as 16 at 50-34 after opening the second half with a 7-0 run.
NDSU (4-6 overall, 2-0 Summit) returns home to host Omaha on Friday, Jan. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 9, in doubleheaders with the Bison women.

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NDSU’s Rocky Kreuser named Summit League Player of the Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — North Dakota State senior Rocky Kreuser was named the Summit League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a season-high 21 points in a road game at TCU last week.
Kreuser went 7-for-8 from the field, threw down a pair of highlight-reel dunks, and grabbed seven rebounds in the 89-82 loss to the Horned Frogs. The 6-foot-10 forward also made all four of his 3-point attempts as the Bison wrapped up non-conference play.
NDSU opens Summit League play this weekend, with a pair of games at Western Illinois on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2 and 3, 2021. Both games are scheduled to tip at 3:30 p.m.

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Bison women’s track and field adds three to 2021 class

FARGO — North Dakota State director of track and field and cross country Stevie Keller announced the addition of three women’s athletes to the 2021 recruiting class on Monday.
Taia Rude, a multi-event athlete from Brandon, S.D.; Lanie Awender, a sprinter from Oakes, N.D.; and Kaitlyn Schuur, a pole vaulter from Chandler, Minn., each announced their intentions to attend NDSU and compete for the Bison.
Rude (Brandon Valley HS) already owns personal-bests of 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump and 45.40 in the 300-meter hurdles, despite her junior season being canceled due to COVID-19. She placed 3rd at the South Dakota Class AA state meet in the high jump as both a freshman and sophomore, and ran on state title-winning 4×200-meter relays both years. Rude finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2019 Howard Wood Dakota Relays — the top-placing underclassman.
Awender (Oakes HS) claimed North Dakota Class B state titles in the 100-meter and 200-meter as a sophomore in 2019. She took third in both events as a freshman in 2018, and now holds personal bests of 12.33 in the 100-meter and 25.85 in the 200-meter entering her senior season.
Schuur (Southwest Christian HS) took third place at the Minnesota state track and field meet in the pole vault as a sophomore in 2019, clearing 11 feet. The NDSU women’s track and field team has won 25 straight Summit League team titles — 13 indoor and 12 outdoor — since joining the league in 2008.

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NDSU football adds two transfers

FARGO – North Dakota State head football coach Matt Entz announced Monday, Dec. 21, the addition of transfers Quincy Patterson and Brayden Thomas to the Bison program.
Patterson, a quarterback from Chicago, played in three games as a sophomore at Virginia Tech this fall. He appeared in 13 career games including one start for the Hokies. He was one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation out of Solorio Academy in Chicago, and was invited to the Elite 11 quarterback competition in 2017 after competing in a regional with former NDSU quarterback Trey Lance.
In 13 games at Virginia Tech, Patterson was 22-of-52 passing for 359 yards and four touchdowns while rushing 74 times for 333 yards and three scores. He passed for a career-best 139 yards at Notre Dame in his first collegiate start.
Thomas, a defensive end from Bismarck, had his senior season at Minnesota State Mankato canceled this fall. He will be eligible to play this spring at NDSU. He had a breakout junior season in 2019 starting all 15 games for Division II national runner-up Minnesota State Mankato. Thomas was named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference second team after registering a team-best 21.0 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
Part of two state semifinal teams at Bismarck High School, Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshman at the University of Mary in 2016 before transferring to Minnesota State Mankato.
North Dakota State (1-0) is scheduled to resume the 2020-21 football season on Sunday, Feb. 21, hosting Youngstown State in the first of eight Missouri Valley Football Conference games. The 16-team NCAA Division I football playoffs are slated to begin April 24.

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Griesel’s free throw gives Bison 53-52 victory over North Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team erased a 10-point deficit in the second half, and Sam Griesel made the game-winning free throw with 5.2 seconds left to seal the 53-52 victory over North Dakota on Saturday evening at the CU Mortgage Direct Dakota Showcase held at the Sanford Pentagon.
NDSU scored 12 straight points between the 7:45 mark and 1:00 mark remaining in the second half, holding the Fighting Hawks scoreless for more than seven minutes. That stretch turned a 50-40 deficit into a 52-50 lead for the Bison.
Griesel finished with 14 points and six rebounds to lead NDSU, and Tyree Eady scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting. UND led 29-26 at halftime. The Fighting Hawks led by as many as 10 in the second half, holding a 50-40 advantage with 7:45 remaining.
The Bison exploded for a 9-0 run over the next four minutes, capped by a three-point play from Griesel and a three-pointer by Eady. After a series of empty possessions for both teams, Griesel converted a tough bucket in traffic with 2:03 left to take the lead, and Rocky Kreuser sank 1-of-2 free throws with 1:08 on the clock to extend the run to 12-0.
The Bison led 52-50 with one minute remaining. UND’s Filip Rebraca tied the game with a bucket and was fouled, but he missed the free throw with 0:42 on the clock. On NDSU’s final possession, Griesel drove to the hoop and was fouled, making the first of his two free throw attempts. UND’s three-point attempt at the buzzer missed.
Rebraca led all scorers with 21 of UND’s 52 points. Bison sophomore Maleeck Harden-Hayes finished with eight points, draining a pair of threes and extending a streak of five straight games with at least one trey.
The Bison are scheduled to play next on Dec. 22 at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

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North Dakota rebounds with 6-3 win over Western Michigan

OMAHA, Neb.— North Dakota won its sixth straight game over Western Michigan with a 6-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Baxter Arena to halt a three-game winless streak. UND is now 4-2-1 in the NCHC pod with three games to play.
Freshman sensation Riese Gaber scored a pair of goals in the win, giving him a team-best five in the opening seven games of the season. He got things going in the first, redirecting a Matt Kiersted blast and North Dakota earned the early edge with its ninth power play goal of the year.
Just under four minutes later, junior Gavin Hain got his second of the season to build the UND lead. Mark Senden made a nice play to keep the puck in the offensive zone, poking it to Griffin Ness at the lower right circle. Ness then fed a pass to Hain in the slot, who rifled it past Austin Cain stickside for a 2-0 advantage.
Jacob Bernard-Docker got his first goal of the year in the middle stages of the second on nice plays by Grant Mismash and Brendan Budy to set him up. Mismash gained the zone along the far wall and left a pass for Budy, who threaded the seam on the back door for Bernard-Docker to knock home.
WMU (2-4-1) spoiled the shutout late in the second on an Ethen Frank goal at 18:01 to make it 3-1. The Broncos inched within one at 5:02 of the third with a Brett Van Os goal, but Gaber quickly had an answer.
Just 27 seconds after the Bronco goal, Gaber scored on a tough-angle to reclaim a two-goal cushion. Jordan Kawaguchi walked the puck behind the WMU net and fed Gaber just ahead of the red line at the lower right circle, where he flicked it behind Cain for a 4-2 game.
UND put it away late with a Brendan Budy goal and later an empty netter from Jasper Weatherby. Budy’s tally with just over seven minutes left saw Collin Adams work it through the defense and center to Mismash in the slot, who slipped it to Budy on the doorstep for his second goal of the season.
WMU did score with 2:02 left, but Weatherby sealed it with an empty netter, the 12th different UND player to notch a point in the win. Adam Scheel notched the win in net for the Fighting Hawks, kicking aside 20 shots to improve to 2-1-1 on the year.
North Dakota has three games remaining in the pod, with a Wednesday evening tilt against St. Cloud State before weekend meetings with Minnesota Duluth Saturday and Miami Sunday.

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#7 Kansas rallies late to pull out 65-61 win over North Dakota State

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team led for more than 28 minutes and held a three-point advantage late in the game, but No. 7-ranked Kansas rallied and ultimately escaped with a 65-61 victory on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Bison led 61-58 following a free throw by freshman Dezmond McKinney with 3:57 remaining, but the Jayhawks scored the final seven points of the contest. Five of Kansas’s final seven points came at the free throw line.
NDSU scored the first eight points of the game, and the Bison held a seven-point lead at 51-44 with 12 minutes remaining. Aside from ties at 51-51 and 58-58, NDSU led from 17:52 until 1:20 remaining in the game.
Junior Tyree Eady led the Bison with 14 points and six rebounds. NDSU senior Rocky Kreuser chipped in 11 points. NDSU shot 40 percent for the game, compared to 39 percent for Kansas. The Bison made 6-of-18 (33 percent) from beyond the arc.
McKinney finished with a season-high six points and three rebounds in 18 minutes of action. A victory would have given NDSU a win over its highest-ranked opponent in school history. The Bison beat No. 8/9 Marquette on Dec. 2, 2006.
The Bison will play next at the CU Mortgage Direct Dakota Showcase in Sioux Falls, S.D., taking on South Dakota State, South Dakota and North Dakota from Dec. 10-12.

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No. 1 UND routs 17th-ranked Western Michigan 8-2

OMAHA, Neb.- Four first-period goals, including three goals in 1:43, set the tone early for top-ranked North Dakota in an 8-2 blowout win over No. 17 Western Michigan Sunday afternoon at Baxter Arena. Shane Pinto and Grant Mismash each had a pair of goals as six different players found the scoresheet in the victory.
It was a short-handed goal that opened the scoring as Hain knocked in a rebound at the 6:45 mark. Just 49 seconds later, senior Mismash struck for his first of two followed by Pinto’s first of the afternoon just under a minute later.
UND (3-0-0) would tack on another late in the first when Pinto dove to push a stalled puck at the goalline into the net for a 4-0 advantage through a period and the rout was on.
Off the faceoff to start the second, UND won the draw and freshman Jake Sanderson sent a laser pass to freshman Riese Gaber, who finished for his second career goal.
Freshman Tyler Kleven then got in on the act, collecting collegiate goal a little more than three minutes later. Kleven got into the offensive zone and slipped free of Ronnie Attard with a slick toe drag and ripping one past Alex Aslanidis, who had come on in relief of starter Austin Cain.
Senior Gabe Bast made it 7-0 on a power play tally with a one-timer from Brendan Budy.
WMU (0-3-0, 0-3-0 NCHC) would break up the shutout late in the second on captain Paul Washe’s power-play tally.
Mismash added the final piece of UND scoring in the third. The goal came during a five-minute major that gave the Fighting Hawks an extended man advantage. Jacob Bernard-Docker threaded a breakout pass to Mismash, who fed to Jordan Kawaguchi along the far wall, got it back and flicked it past Aslandis for an 8-1 lead.
Senior Peter Thome got the win in net in his first start of the season, making 16 saves. North Dakota gets a rematch with fourth-ranked Denver on Tuesday in a 3:35 p.m. start from Baxter Arena. UND beat the Pioneers, 4-3, in overtime on Friday evening.

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No. 11 Creighton claims 69-58 victory over North Dakota State

OMAHA, Neb. – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team lost 69-58 to No. 11-ranked Creighton on Sunday afternoon inside CHI Health Center Omaha. Senior forward Rocky Kreuser led the Bison with 16 points.
NDSU fell to 0-3 on its season-opening road trip, of which all three games were finalized and added to the Bison schedule within the past seven days. The 11-point final margin was NDSU’s closest against a nationally ranked opponent since falling 75-65 to USC on Nov. 13, 2017.
Junior Tyree Eady finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for NDSU, and sophomore Maleeck Harden-Hayes added a career-high 11 points and six boards. Sunday’s contest was the season-opener for Creighton. The Bluejays were led by 16 points from forward Christian Bishop.
The Bison jumped out to an early 10-4 lead, but a 16-2 run by the Bluejays erased that advantage. NDSU trailed by five with 2:00 left in the opening half before Creighton closed the period with a 7-0 run to lead 36-24 at halftime.
Creighton shot 43 percent for the game, edging NDSU at 40 percent. The Bluejays hit 8-of-35 (23 percent) from three-point range, while the Bison knocked down 4-of-16 (25 percent).
NDSU posted a 41-27 rebounding advantage for the game, but 16 turnovers proved costly for the Bison, who will return to the court next Saturday, Dec. 5, playing at No. 6-ranked Kansas.