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Arizona takes 53-37 halftime lead on UND in program's first NCAA tournament

North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Conner Avants (32) moves to the basket against Arizona Wildcats forward Keanu Pinder and guard Rawle Alkins (1) during the first half Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports1 / 9
Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) grabs a rebound against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks during the first half Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports2 / 9
Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier tries to corral a loose ball against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks during the first half Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports3 / 9
North Dakota Fighting Hawks guard Corey Baldwin (1) puts up a shot against Arizona Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports4 / 9
North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Drick Bernstine (43) reacts with guard Quinton Hooker (21) and guard Geno Crandall against the Arizona Wildcats Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports5 / 9
North Dakota Fighting Hawks fans cheer against the Arizona Wildcats Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports6 / 9
Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen (10) controls the ball against North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Conner Avants (32) during the first half Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports7 / 9
North Dakota Fighting Hawks guard Geno Crandall (0) shoots against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports8 / 9
Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) moves the ball against North Dakota Fighting Hawks guard Geno Crandall (0) during the first half Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports9 / 9

SALT LAKE CITY—The UND men's basketball team cut Arizona's lead to as few as seven points in the second half, but the No. 2 Wildcats eventually pulled away to a 100-82 victory over the No. 15 Fighting Hawks.

UND was as close as 68-61 with 12:08 to play in the second half when Drick Bernstine scored.

Quinton Hooker completed his UND career with 25 points on 10-for-21 shooting.

Bernstine added 20 points, 15 rebounds and four assists.

UND landed four players in double figures as Geno Crandall and Corey Baldwin each added 12 points.

The Wildcats finished shooting 58.1 percent from the field.

UND ended with just six turnovers.

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