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OMAHA, Neb.—Brock Boeser and Tyson Jost returned to the UND men's hockey team Friday night and made up for lost time. Boeser scored two goals while Jost tallied another as UND rolled past Omaha 9-1 in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. Boeser had been out for more than a month with a wrist injury while Jost was with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship, which wrapped up Thursday night. UND improved to 4-4-1 in the NCHC and 11-6-3 overall while Omaha dropped to 4-5 and 11-7-3.
During the postgame handshakes, Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy asked UND's Quinton Hooker when he's going to graduate. He knew the answer. Still, Hooker's graduation isn't soon enough for NAU and the rest of the Big Sky Conference. For UND, Hooker's graduation will be too soon as the senior guard again made the big plays down the stretch in leading the Fighting Hawks to a 68-63 Big Sky win over NAU on Thursday night before 1,518 fans at The Betty. Hooker finished with a game-high 20 points, 11 coming in the final 3:19 with the game hanging in the balance.
Quinton Hooker scored 20 points and Conner Avants added 17 as North Dakota took a 68-63 win over Northern Arizona on Thursday night in Big Sky Conference men's basketball at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The win improved UND to 2-1 in the league and 7-6 overall. NAU fell to 0-2 and 3-12. Hooker scored 13 of his points in the second half and the preseason Big Sky Player of the Year came up big for the Fighting Hawks down the stretch.
A week ago, UND left the Stott Center at Portland State for its hotel. Once back at the hotel, UND players watched—in its entirety—Portland State's 99-62 dismantling of the Fighting Hawks in the teams' Big Sky Conference opener. "We had to watch the whole game, from start to finish and it was a good thing for us," said UND sophomore guard Geno Crandall. "We saw what we did bad. Moving forward, it'll probably be a defining moment for us because we figured out a lot of things."
UND women's basketball coach Travis Brewster had only two words for his team Saturday—focused composure. And that's exactly what it took for UND to take down helter-skelter Sacramento State 94-71 before 1,405 fans at The Betty. UND improved to 2-0 in the Big Sky Conference and 7-6 overall. Sacramento State plays a style of basketball that few teams play. For 40 minutes, the Hornets run, press, shoot the 3-pointer as much as possible and substitute five players at a time often. It's a chaotic style, leading to high-scoring games.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. UND received goals two goals from Austin Poganski and one from Shane Gersich as the Fighting Hawks downed Union 3-1 on Saturday. UND improved to 10-6-3 while Union dropped to 14-4-2. Union outshot UND 33-29. The Hawks return to NCHC play next weekend with a series against Omaha.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UND survived a furious Sacaramento State rally but manged to pull out a 90-82 overtime win over the Hornets on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference men's basketball game. The Hawks improved to 1-1 in the Big Sky and 6-6 overall. UND led 52-31 at halftime. Sacramento State took the lead late in the game but a basket by Drick Bernstine with two seconds to go forced overtime. Quinton Hooker led UND with 31 points. Geno Crandall, Corey Baldwin and Cortez Seales all had 12 points for the Hawks, who shot 50 percent from the field.
UND received 21 points from Makailah Dyer as the Fighting Hawks downed Sacramento State 94-71 on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference women's basketball game at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND improved to 2-0 in the Big Sky and 7-6 overall. Sacramento State dropped to 0-2 and 4-9. The Hawks led nearly the entire way and jumped out to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter.
Devils Lake 63, Red River 55 Jake Mertens poured in 29 points to lead Devils Lake past Grand Forks Red River in boys basketball on Thursday The Riders led 26-25 at halftime but the Firebirds took control in the final half. Mark Toe led Red River with 23 points. "It was a good team effort," said Red River coach Kirby Krefting. "We played and battled until the final horn." Sacred Heart 67, Strasburg 58
UND knew it would have to knock down shots against Portland State's 2-3 zone defense. The Fighting Hawks didn't exactly blister the nets but they shot just well enough—and did other things just well enough—to open Big Sky Conference women's basketball play with a 65-61 win over Portland State on Thursday night before 1,435 fans at The Betty. "We have some work to do but this one is in the books," said UND coach Travis Brewster. "You have to figure out ways to win each game. We have to figure that out each night."