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.