As we polish off the leftovers our parents sent with us back to Fargo, it’s time to catch up on the games and stories you missed in The Spectrum’s week off.
You can’t stop the train
North Dakota State men’s basketball team rolled to two wins over Thanksgiving break, continuing its home winning streak to 27 games.
The first of the two home games at Scheels Arena Nov. 25 was a 73-53 routing of the University of Montana Grizzlies.
Sophomore and Fargo native A.J. Jacobson scored 17 points and tallied four assists to lead the Bison.
The game was closer than the final score makes it appear, but a with the help of Paul Miller’s 15 points and four steals, the Bison pulled away at the end.
Two days later the previously 0-6 squad from North Carolina A&T couldn’t catch a break either at Scheels Arena. Despite an early lead, they fell to NDSU at 77-56.
“We have great kids, tough kids with tremendous resolve,” head coach Dave Richman said after the win against North Carolina A&T.
Revenge, served cold
Luckily, I spent last Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium watching University of Montana beat South Dakota State to get to the second round of the FCS playoffs.
Lucky for the Bison, that second round game is in the Fargodome, where NDSU’s playoff record in the last four years is 12-0.
The Grizzles were up 24-0 on SDSU at halftime, but only won 24-17. UM’s offense heavily relied on wide receiver Ben Roberts’s career game but was predictable other than that.
The Bison will seek revenge this week, as the Grizzles gave them one of NDSU’s two losses this season.
Unable to finish
NDSU women’s basketball team spent its Thanksgiving break in California, at the San Diego State Thanksgiving Classic.
Despite being tied late in the first half of its first game against SDSU, the Bison lost 64-54 Friday.
Four players, Taylor Thunstedt, Brianna Jones, Emily Spier, and Marena Whittle scored over 10 points, but a cold night from the three-point range prevented the win.
The Bison’s second game caved to a similar result but this time against University of Delaware.
Sixteen turnovers and another cold night from behind the arc led to NDSU losing 62-50 Sunday.