Bison Basketball Teams Take Exhibition Wins

Men’s Basketball

The North Dakota State men’s basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with a 95-46 exhibition victory over Concordia-Moorhead Wednesday evening at the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex (SHAC).

Sophomore Tyson Ward and freshman Tyree Eady both scored 16 points to lead the Bison. Eady was perfect on the day, going 3-of-3 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 8-of-8 at the free throw line.

Redshirt freshman Cameron Hunter added 12 points for the Bison, going 7-for-10 at the free throw line. The Bison made 34-of-47 free throw attempts in the game.

The Bison shot 58 percent for the game and 53 percent (9-for-17) from beyond the three-point line.

Junior forward Dylan Miller led all players with 8 rebounds and added 7 points for NDSU. Senior guard Paul Miller dished out 5 assists.

NDSU led 43-23 at halftime before outscoring the Cobbers 52-23 in the second half.

The Bison open the regular season at UC Santa Barbara Saturday, Nov. 11.

Women’s Basketball

The NDSU women’s basketball team used a strong second-half to pull away from the Minnesota Morris Cougars, 81-56, in an exhibition game Thursday, Nov. 2, inside the Scheels Center.

Senior Taylor Thunstedt scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor to lead the Bison offensive, while freshman Macey Kvilvang added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Rylee Nudell grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds, and Autumn Ogden scored 8 points going 4-for-4 from the floor.

The Bison used a 17-0 run at the end of the third-quarter until 4:30 remaining in the fourth-quarter to take a 73-48 advantage after Kennedy Childers drilled a three-pointer. The Cougars were not able to get closer than within 23 points the remainder of the contest.

The Bison outscored the Cougars in the second-half, 55-24, after leading by only four points at halftime.

NDSU shot 44 perfect overall for the game, going 30-of-68 from the field, including a 10-for-27 performance from three-point range. The Bison also made 11-of-16 free throws.

The Bison outrebounded the Cougars 43-42 and turned the ball over 15 times while forcing Minnesota Morris into 23 turnovers.

Mauren Thiesen and Kendra Raths each scored 11 points, leading the Cougars.

NDSU is scheduled to host Mayville State 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 in the regular season home opener.

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