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UND beat rival North Dakota State by 18 points nine days ago in Fargo. The rivals meet again tonight at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. But UND coach Brian Jones isn't buying the idea that his team will be favored to sweep the series. "The stress level is as high for us as the first time we played them," said Jones. "Now, there are probably expectations by fans and others. But I've been a part of rivalries where you win on each other's floor.
Stephen-Argyle 70, Sacred Heart 53 STEPHEN, Minn.—Hunter Yutrzenka scored 24 points to lead Stephen-Argyle to win at home on Tuesday in boys basketball. Chris McGlynn also put up 17 points from the Gators, who improve to 4-1 on the season. Jordan Tomkinson led the Eagles with 21 points, while Brenden Bethke scored 12. "I think the first half we played the kind of basketball we need to play for the rest of the year," said Sacred Heart coach Destry Sterkel. "In the second half we just gave up to many defensive rebounds."
Boys basketball 6 Tuesday's results Minnesota Lake Park-Audubon 82, Waubun 53 Pequot Lakes 81, Park Rapids 33 Breckenridge 76, Staples-Motley 53 Bertha-Hewitt 77, Wadena-Deer Creek 60 Melrose 69, Minnewaska 52 Hermantown 70, Cloquet 62 Marshall 84, Jackson County Central 62 Detroit Lakes 60, Thief River Falls 55 St. Michael-Albertville 61, Brainerd 55 Cass Lake-Bena 60, Win-E-Mac 56 North Dakota Fargo Davies 84, Fargo South 39
Three nights earlier, UND beat its biggest rival in a blowout. Two days ago, finals began at UND. Maybe those are a couple of reasons for a sluggish performance at times during UND's 79-67 win over Mary on Tuesday night before 1,264 fans at The Betty. But UND still had enough of everything to hold off Mary, 6-7. "It's tough to play on finals week," said UND sophomore Jill Morton, who led the Fighting Hawks with a career-high 21 points. Moments after the game, Morton said she was focused on one her toughest finals scheduled for today.
FARGO—Makailah Dyer scored 20 points while Lexi Klabo added 18 as UND downed North Dakota State 76-55 on Saturday night in women's basketball. It was the fifth-straight win for UND over the Bison in the Division I era. UND led 29-22 at the half but outscored the Bison 24-13 in the third quarter to take control. Leah Szabla added 11 points for the Hawks, who shot 38 percent from the field to NDSU's 35 percent. UND outrebounded NDSU 47-36. UND improved to 3-5 while NDSU dropped to 1-9.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa—Northern Iowa's Jeremy Morgan didn't score in the first half. He more than made up for that in the second half, however, in leading Northern Iowa past UND 78-70 on Saturday night. Morgan scored 38 points—all in the second half—to lead the Panthers, coached by former UND player and assistant coach Ben Jacobson. UND led for a major portion of the game but the Panthers gained control down the stretch.
UND scored back-to-back goals midway through the first period en route to a 5-1 win over Western Michigan on Friday night in a National Collegiate Conference Hockey game at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Shane Gersich and Colton Poolman scored goals 27 seconds apart in the first period to give the Fighting Hawks the lead. Austin Poganski added two goals for UND, while Dixon Bowen also scored. UND improved to 9-5-3 while Western Michigan dropped to 7-5-3.
UND has a 2-5 women's basketball record so far this season while North Dakota State is 1-8. "Neither team is lighting the world on fire with our records," said UND coach Travis Brewster. But it's early. Conference play for UND in the Big Sky Conference and NDSU in the Summit League will be the determining factor for both programs. However, there is one more serious piece of nonconference business facing both programs as the longtime rivals will play again tonight at the Scheels Center in Fargo.
FARGO—UND received 24 points from Geno Crandall and 13 from Corey Baldwin as the Fighting Hawks ran past North Dakota State 74-56 on Wednesday night at Scheels Arena. The Hawks improved to 5-2 while NDSU dropped 6-4. UND also received 12 points from Drick Bernstine. NDSU received 30 points from Dexter Werner but no other Bison player had more than seven points. UND led 33-23 at halftime. The Hawks shot 46 percent from the field while the Bison shot 41 percent. UND was 6 of 18 from 3-point range while the Bison were 1 of 20.
A year ago, UND and North Dakota State played perhaps the most entertaining men's basketball game in The Betty since it opened. A near capacity crowd watched the two rivals slug it out in an intense atmosphere before NDSU rallied for a 72-70 win. "I remember sitting in the locker room last year and talking to the guys about how we couldn't wait to get on the floor with those guys again," said UND's Carson Shanks. That wait is over.