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Men’s Basketball Defeats SDSU

With a contributing total of 30 points in the game, se­nior Taylor Braun helped lift the NDSU men’s basketball team to a win against South Dakota State 85-77 on Sat­urday in Brookings, S.D.

With less than two min­utes left in the first half, the Bison trailed the Jackrab­bits 37-35. From there until 14:19 left in the second half, NDSU went on a 19-2 point run, giving them the largest lead of the night 54-39.

Twice in the game, SDSU’s Chad White made three pointers to bring the Jackrabbit deficit to six, once to make the score 58- 52 and again to make it 78- 72. With 42 seconds remain­ing, SDSU pulled within five to make the score 80- 75. Five free throws made by the Bison in the final 30 seconds sealed the win and the final score of 85-77.

Braun led the team with 30 points in the game, and also pulled in six rebounds and six assists. Senior Mar­shall Bjorklund had 19 points and seven rebounds, and junior Lawrence Alex­ander had 15 points and six rebounds.

SDSU was led by se­nior Brayden Carlson, who pulled in 22 points.

The Bison posted 56.3 percent in shots made in the game, and now leads the na­tion in team field goal per­centage. Saturday marked the 11th time the Bison shot better than 52 percent in a game.

In rebounding, NDSU had a 34-24 advantage and 23 out of their 28 attempts (82 percent) at free throws.

NDSU is now 15-5 on the season and 4-1 in Sum­mit League play, holding a share of first place with Fort Wayne. SDSU is 10-10 on the season and 2-3 in the Summit League.

The Bison men’s team will be back in action at 7 p.m. Thursday against South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D.


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