The Bison got back on track versus the Pioneers
The Bison kept pace in the Summit League with a stellar 82-70 win over Denver on Saturday. Leading the way for the herd was senior point-guard Vinnie Shahid. Shahid dropped 29 on the Pioneers shooting 8-11 from the floor.
The win improved the Bison to 14-7 on the year, and 5-2 in conference. It was a nice bounce back win for the herd after suffering a tough loss to the Summit League winning Jackrabbits last Wednesday
The Bison led comfortably for most of the game, but could not quite put Denver away. An 11-0 run almost halfway through the 2nd half put the Bison up 15 and essentially put the game away.
The Bison were big beneficiaries from the charity stripe against Denver. As they have all season long, the herd were nearly automatic from the line. As a team the herd are now shooting nearly 80% on free throws on the year.
The herd has now set themselves up to go on a nice little run as the last quarter of the season begins. After beating cellar dwelling Pioneers, the Bison head back on the road to face Purdue Fort Wayne and Western Illinois who are both just one game ahead of Denver in the Summit League standings.
The Bison are an experienced squad who have put themselves in position to go dancing in March once again this year. The biggest obstacle that seems to be in their way is South Dakota State. After the bunnies got bounced early in the Summit League tournament last year, it gave the herd an opening to make into to NCAA tournament. Unless SDSU chokes again this year, the Bison will need to find away to exorcize some demons a snap a five game losing streak to the Jackrabbits.
With just nine game to go int he regular season, this is the time when the herd needs to start playing their best basketball of the year. So far, so good.