A career-high in points by Lawrence Alexander was not enough for North Dakota State, as the Montana Grizzlies gave the Bison their second loss in as many games. The Grizzlies galvanized the Bison 69-57, despite Alexander’s 29 points.
The Grizzlies buried the Bison from behind the arc and at the free line. They shot 9-for-20 and 12-for-14, respectively.
Jordan Gregory and Martin Breunig carried the offensive responsibilities for Montana. Gregory filled in 20 points by converting 8 of 12 shots from the floor. Breunig put in 18 on 8-for-13 shooting.
The Grizzlies participated in the season of giving, as they assisted on 17 of 24 of their shots.
This was a stark contrast from the Bison, who only recorded five assists on their 20 field goals.
Alexander’s previous point record was 28 from the NCAA Tournament game last season against Oklahoma. After making seven threes in the previous game, he made five more on only 11 attempts on Sunday. Alexander also played all 40 minutes, which is a career high in regulation.
Dexter Werner was the Bison’s second leading scorer with nine points.
The Bison will return to the comfy confines of Scheels Arena on Saturday. It will be the battle of North Dakota, as they face off against the University Of North Dakota.
NDSU wrestling excelled Sunday in the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragon Open.
Bison freshmen Tyler McNutt and Nick O’Brien, wrestling unattached, each won White Division titles in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Clay Cathey, redshirt freshman Grant Nehring and unattached freshman Adam Freimund were all runner ups in their respective classes.
O’Brien had three wins en route to a title in the 133-pound class. He won via two decisions and a pin. With these three wins, he improved to 9-2 for the year.
NDSU finished in the top third of the 39 schools Saturday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Junior Hayden Zillmer upset the nation’s top-ranked wrestler, Gabe Dean from Cornell, 8-3. That placed him third for the event. He then lost to seventh-seed Blake Stauffers of Arizona State in the semifinals on Saturday.
Evan Knutson and Mitch Bengston both finished in the top eight as well. Knutson, a senior, finished 4-2 during the day and is now 10-4 on the year. Redshirt Bengston went 3-3 for the day and now sits at 13-6.
McNutt, triumphed over four opponents on his way to his title.
He seemingly won in every way possible.
He had two matches that were fairly close: an 11-7 decision over Zach Doty of Ridgewater Community College and a 10-6 over St. Cloud State’s Tim Moore in the finals.
He dominated SCSU’s Austin Rake 10-1 in the second match. Finally, in the third match with a trip to the title on the line, he won 2-1 in overtime against SCSU’s Aaron Bates.