The North Dakota State men’s basketball team saw its 31 game home winning streak snapped to University of Nebraska-Omaha.
The Bison had not experienced hardship on home floor in 780 days. It was Nov. 18, 2013 when they fell by one point to Southern Mississippi by a point.
The winning streak was the nation’s sixth longest active record.
UNO beat NDSU behind senior guard Devin Patterson’s explosion. Patterson erupted for 32 points on only 14 shots. Coming into the game, he was averaging 17.7 points per game and outdid himself, topping 30 points for only the second time in his career.
The Bison were thoroughly outplayed as they watched UNO build a 20-point first half lead and did not see the score fall to single digits until there was only :44 seconds left in the game.
Sophomore guard Paul Miller led the Bison with 24 points. AJ Jacobson followed with 13, Khy Kabellis tallied 11 and Kory Brown and Carlin Dupree chipped in 10 apiece.
NDSU have been one of the best teams in the nation this year at taking care of the ball, averaging less than 10 turnovers a game which placed them among the top five. However, they turned the ball over 15 times in the loss.
One positive for the Bison is that they shot 16-of-18 at the free throw line; they have only shot 68 percent for the year.
The loses continued on Saturday, when the Bison lost a close one to Oral Roberts University by the score of 66-65. In a game where they led 32-30 at halftime, the second half was not so bright.
NDSU watched the Golden Eagles key a 10-0 run behind seven points from its leading scorer Obi Emegano. Emegano finished with 13 points tied for the Golden Eagles lead with Albert Owens. NDSU fought back to try to overcome the 10 point deficit but could never get closer than one point.
Dexter Werner had himself a game as he put up his second double-double of the year on a season high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Werner missed an 18-foot jump shot at the buzzer that would have won the game for the Bison. Jacobson again pitched in 13 points, Miller scored 11 and Brown did a bit of everything posting a six-point, seven-rebound, four-assist, one-steal and one-block stat line.
Again, the Bison were excellent at the free throw line going 10-of-12. The team shot only 5-of-18 from behind the arc.
This was the first time that the Bison have lost consecutive games in Summit League play in three years, when they dropped two straight in January of 2013.
NDSU will play in its annual match up against bitter rival South Dakota State in the friendly confines of Scheel’s Arena on Saturday.