North Dakota State men’s basketball team won its fifth game of the year last week in stunning fashion, beating Arkansas State 74-73 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The team showed great resilience after falling behind by 13 points in the second half with six minutes remaining. NDSU came back by playing outstanding defense and taking care of the basketball. ASU had 17 turnovers while the Bison committed just nine.
Paul Miller hit the game winning three with 3.3 seconds remaining, adding three points to his team-high 23 points. A.J. Jacobson added a season-high 18 points and Malik Clements came off the bench to spark the second team offense to 15 points for NDSU.
Dexter Werner had a team-high 10 rebounds, and Miller added seven.
NDSU shot a poor 2-for-11 from the arc in the first half, but bounced back nicely as they shot 6-for-13 in the second half.
ASU junior forward Anthony Livingston led all scorers with 29 points.
The Bison improve to 5-2 and will return home on to take on Montana State at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 inside Scheels Arena.
The women’s basketball team didn’t have the same luck, losing to Kent State University 75-54. The team made many mistakes, though silver linings can be found.
Junior Emily Spier led the team with 14 points, and shot a respectable 7-for-11 from the floor. Freshman Megan Gamble had a career-high 12 points. KSU was led by Jordan Korinek, who scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
NDSU had an impressive 42 rebounds, but the women shot themselves in the foot by committing 34 turnovers.
Marena Whittle had a game-high 14 rebounds, and Spier added seven boards to her nice game.
NDSU will face off against Grand Canyon University 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.
The final day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational kicked off Saturday, and the Bison had a couple qualifiers.
Hayden Zillmer, 184 pound qualifier placed seventh, while 149-pounder Clay Ream placed eighth. At the end of the day, NDSU held the 22nd spot with 37.5 points.
Zillmer, a senior, earned a 12-1 major decision against Ryan Christensen from University of Wisconsin in the seventh place match. Zillmer entered the match as the No. 4-ranked nationally wrestler, finished with a 4-2 record on the day. On the year, Zillmer holds a record of 14-2 overall.
Ream, a sophomore, started off nicely with a 9-6 decision against Joey Galasso from Cornell University. Soon after, though, he lost back-to-back major decisions to No. 17-ranked Matt Krauser from Arizona State University, 14-3, and then to Geo Martinez from Boise State University 20-8. He went 4-3 on the day and is 9-5 overall.
NDSU will face off against South Dakota State on Dec. 13 in Brookings, S.D.; the winner will claim the Border Bell.