The NDSU basketball team finished off its three game road trip with games against the South Dakota Coyotes in Vermillion, S.D., and the Denver Pioneers with a split.
The Bison rallied against the Coyotes to grab a 66-63 win on Thursday night, sparked by a 10-2 run over the final three and half minutes. Senior forward TrayVonn Wright broke the 1,000-point threshold with two late free throws. He became the third active player to break the barrier and the 31st all-time in NDSU history. He led the Bison with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Taylor Braun, who has been a little under the weather as of late, filled up the stat sheet going for 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. One of those steals came with a minute and nine seconds left, and Braun took it the distance to tie the game at 61. Braun then hit an old-fashioned and-1 to give the Bison a 64-63 lead with 33 seconds left..
Fresh off of winning nine of its last 10 games, the Bison traveled to Denver in hopes of sweeping their three game road trip. Unfortunately for the Bison, the Pioneers had other ideas. The Pioneers led from wire-to-wire. Even ballooning their lead up to 13 in the second half.
Lawrence Alexander did all he could to will the Bison back to victory, scoring 20 on the night, with 18 in the second half, even bringing the Bison within one on a pair of free throws with 30 seconds remaining. However, the luck that the Bison found in Vermillion did not make the trip with them to Denver. Alexander missed a layup with 18 seconds left and then with the Bison regaining possession on a rebound out of bounds, sharpshooter Mike Felt missed a long two point jumper that also would have tied the game.
Guard Brett Olson led the Pioneers with 19 points by going 6-of-8 from the field and keeping the pedal to the metal all night long. Chris Udofia chipped in 16 points, four assists, and one big assist for the Pioneers as they knocked off the Bison in front of a home crowd of 4,021 fans at the Magness Arena.
Track & Field
The Bison has a big day in Ames, Iowa, as both the men’s and women’s team competed in the invitational.
Sophomore Brandt Berghuis etched his name in the NDSU record books on Saturday. On his final attempt of the day, he posted a mark of 56-02.00 on the indoor shot put. He broke Landusky Hertz 18-year-old record of 55-9.
Berghuis was one of many Bison who had a successful day. Redshirt freshman Alex Renner finished right behind him with a shot put of 55-03.75.
Junior Donte Smart placed sixth in the 60-yard dash with a 7.00 second flat. Smart and Alex Neumiller completed the 400m in 49.39 and 49.34 respectively. Smart is number 2 in the Summit League in the 400m.
Bison women had a great day as well. The 4×400 team of: Morgan Milbrath, Ashley Tinglestad, Ashley Heinze and Paige Stratioti swung for the fences and broke NDSU’s record by over a second and a half. They are now ranked 11th nationally. Tinglestad took second in the 400m dash in 53.94 seconds. She is now top 15 nationally. Antoinette Goodman took third with a time of 24.23 seconds in the 200m that featured USA Championship Bronze medalist Ashley Spencer from Texas win.