The Bison men’s basketball team travelled out east to take on North Carolina A & T. The Bison found a very balanced attack in a 85-67 win, with five Bison scoring in double digits.
Dexter Werner led the Bison with team-highs in points (16), rebound (12) and blocks (3). Freshman Tyson Ward had a season high 15 points to add, as did Khy Kabellis. The Bison never trailed in the game, and had a 17-point halftime advantage. The Bison (6-3) return to the Scheels Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday to take on in-state rival University of North Dakota.
The NDSU women’s basketball team lost another close one on the road against the Milwaukee Panthers. A 9-0 run for the Panthers in the middle of the fourth quarter propelled them to a 79-74 final.
The Bison had a 68-61 lead in the fourth, but were outscored 20-13 in the final frame.
Taylor Thunstedt was on fire from behind the arch for the Bison, tying a career-high seven three-pointers made. That was 21 of her game high 23 points. Freshman Reilly Jacobson posted a season-high 11 points and came just one rebound short of a double-double. The Bison face Oakland (Mich.) on Monday night, and return home at 7 p.m. Saturday to host UND.
Josh Rodrugiez maintained his perfect record as the Bison wrestling team defeated Northwestern 24-12. The 125 lb. senior registered his fourth tech fall of the season to give the Bison five points late in the meet.
NDSU did not really need the points, thanks to winning the first four matches of the dual meet.
Taylor Nein and Mitch Friedman both won by decisions and were followed up by a fall win for Clay Ream and a majority decision win for Andrew Fogarty. Ben Tynan also got a win by decision for the Bison. The Bison will take on Indiana in a dual meet on Sunday, before traveling to Maryland next Friday.
Men’s track and field
It was a strong showing by the Bison men throwers in the season opening indoor meet, the Dakota Classic. Bison men swept the top six positions in both shot put and weight throw.
Unattached junior Payton Otterdahl took both events. He would have broken the school record in the weight throw, had he not been competing unattached. His throw of 65-07.50 would have broken the old school record by 13 inches. That old record was improved on by its current holder, senior Conrad Schwarzkopf, who improved on his throw by a foot to 65-06.50.
The Bison men also won the 60m, 200m, 400m and 600m events. Unattached senior Matt Neururer won the heptathlon.
Women’s track and field
The Bison women throwers were not to be outdone at the Dakota Classic. The Bison swept the top seven in the shot put, led by junior Courtney Pasiowitz. She finished second in the weight throw, behind senior Katelyn Weimerskirch. The two were a part of the Bison top five sweep in the event.
NDSU also took the titles in the 60m, 400m, 800m, mile, pole vault and high jump. Rose Jackson won the heptathlon. The Bison track and field teams resume the indoor season on January 14 at the Bison Classic.