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The outcome never was in doubt since it was an exhibition game against a Division III program. But there were some pleasant surprises during UND's 99-35 win over Minnesota-Morris on Saturday at The Betty. For instance, • UND's up-style tempo was noticeably faster than in previous seasons. "It's the best we've moved the basketball here in four years," said UND coach Travis Brewster. • UND's perimeter shooting was improved, too. "We were taking the right, game-flow shots," added Brewster. "No one was caught off-guard by the shots that were taken."
UND men's basketball was living the dream seven months ago, winning the Big Sky Conference title and advancing to its first NCAA Tournament. UND won 22 games last season, beat Big Sky power Weber State in overtime in the Big Sky title game and hung around longer than many expected against No. 2 seed Arizona in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Salt Lake City. The Big Sky title and NCAA Tournament berth now is the bar for UND basketball. However, at UND's basketball media day Tuesday, the memory of last season is just that—a memory.
Men's hockey 6 Saturday's results UND 6, Colo. College 4 First period—1. UND, Grant Mismash 2 (Christian Wolanin 4, Rhett Gardner 3) 6:41 (pp). Penalties—Zach Berzolla, CC, holding, 3:06; Berzolla, CC, hooking, 6:36; Ben Israel, CC, kneeing, 11:22; Gardner, UND, cross-checking, 12:04; Andrew Peski, UND, interference, 18:44
Well, it had to end sometime. UND's impressive 20-match home win streak came to an end Saturday night as Montana State—beaten decisively in the first set—rallied to down the Fighting Hawks 14-25, 25-23, 25-27, 28-26, 15-11 before 1,439 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. And the streak was broken on a special night for UND as the program honored its seniors, who helped lead the Fighting Hawks to become of the top teams in the Big Sky Conference. After the match, they received a video tribute.
Regardless of what happened later in the day, UND players left Bronson Field on Friday satisfied. They were satisfied in knowing that their 2017 season was a lot better than last year's two-win campaign. And this season may serve as a springboard to better years ahead. UND and Northern Colorado battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on a cold, windy day in the Big Sky Conference regular-season finale. A win would have qualified UND for next week's league postseason tournament as the top six teams in the regular season will compete for a conference championship.
Girls tennis 6 Minn. Class A state dual tournament In Minneapolis, Wednesday Semifinals Holy Family Catholic 4, Osakis 3 The Blake School 6, Rochester Lourdes 1 Championship The Blake School 7, Holy Family Catholic 0 Third place Lourdes 6, Osakis 1 Consolation Litchfield 6, Virginia 1 Prep football 6 Minn. Section 8AAA Saturday
No one play usually defines a win or loss in college football. But one play did stand out in Sacramento State's 34-27 Big Sky Conference win over UND on Saturday before 9,259 fans at the Alerus Center. UND trailed 10-0 in the second quarter before tying the game on a Reid Taubenheim 41-yard field goal and Brady Oliveira's 15-yard scoring run. UND's defense then forced a Sacramento State three-and-out, highlighted by Brandon Dranka's sack on third-and-11.
Sacramento St. 34, UND 27 SAC 3 7 24 0 --34 UND 0 10 7 10 --24 First quarter Sac St: Devon Medeiros 20 field goal, 9:27 remaining Drive: 13 plays, 73 yards, 5:33. Key plays: On third-and-4, Roman Ale hits Isiah Hennie for a 23-yard gain, setting up a first-and-goal for the Hornets.. Sac St. 3, UND 0 Second quarter UND: Reid Taubenheim 41 field goal, 11:47 remaining Drive: 8 plays, 66 yards, 3:28
How much will $550 buy in Grand Forks these days? Well, let's see. You could: • Buy a laptop computer. • Pay a month's rent. • Throw a whopping party, buying 30 cases of "reasonably priced" beer in the process. • Purchase a couple months worth of groceries. • Buy a new set of tires. • Pay your monthly credit card bill. • Buy 400 copies of the Grand Forks Herald (please). Or, you could buy one ticket to next weekend's UND-Minnesota hockey series at palatial Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND hopes to have a new athletic director in place by the end of December, said UND President Mark Kennedy. Brian Faison, the school's athletic director since 2008, announced his retirement Tuesday. He will retire Dec. 31 but will serve as a special advisor to UND athletics from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2018. The next athletic director will be UND's 15th since 1903.