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LINCOLN, Neb.—Nebraska placed four players in double figures, led by Isaac Copeland's 30 points, to down UND 92-70 on Sunday before 10,249 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The loss dropped UND to 2-2 while Nebraska, coached by former Mayville State and North Dakota State coach Tim Miles, improved to 3-1. Nebraska struggled in its shooting last week against St. John's, but the Huskers corrected that against North Dakota by shooting 60 percent in the first half and 53 percent for the game.
SACRAMENTO—UND is one win away from making a return trip to the NCAA volleyball tournament. The Fighting Hawks downed Idaho 3-2 on Friday night in the semifinal round of the Big Sky Conference tournament in Sacramento. The Hawks won 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-22 to improve to 29-7 on the season. UND will take on the winner of the Portland State-Sacramento State semifinal match on Saturday night for the Big Sky berth in the NCAA tournament.
HONOLULU—UND capped its season-opening trip to Hawaii with an 80-71 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night. UND finished 2-1 in the Rainbow Classic, hosted by the University of Hawaii. The Fighting Hawks beat Troy 83-80 on Friday night before dropping an 81-78 decision to host Hawaii on Sunday night. The Hawks trailed the Rainbow Warriors by 22 points before pulling within one point in the closing minutes.
HONOLULU—Hawaii held off a late rally by UND as the Rainbow Warriors took an 81-78 win over the Fighting Hawks on Sunday night in the Rainbow Classic. Hawaii led by 22 points at one point but the Hawks closed to within one late in the game. Geno Crandall led UND with 21 points while Marlon Stewart added 18, Conner Avants 14 and Cortez Seales 10. With five seconds to play, UND's Jafar Kinsey attempted a 3-pointer with the Rainbow Warriors leading 80-78, The shot was off the mark and Hawaii hit a free throw for the final score.
UND's injury-riddled defense struggled much of the season. But in the second half against a potential FCS playoff team, the Fighting Hawks' defense played perhaps its best football of the season. UND held Eastern Washington to no points and 87 yards of offense in the final two quarters. However, Eastern Washington still managed to pull out a 21-14 win over UND on Saturday in the season finale for the Hawks at the Alerus Center.
UND's football season came to an end Saturday as Eastern Washington downed the Fighting Hawks 21-14 in a Big Sky Conference football game at the Alerus Center. UND finished the season 2-6 in the league and 3-8 overall. For the Hawks, it was a disappointing season since they were picked to win the Big Sky after winning the league last season and advancing to the FCS playoffs. But injury after injury took its toll on UND throughout the season.
Thursday morning, the UND women's basketball team is scheduled to fly out of of Grand Forks—destination Corvallis, Ore., for a game against No. 19 Oregon State. On Wednesday night, UND wrapped up its exhibition season with a 79-50 win over Minnesota-Crookston. So, are the Fighting Hawks ready for the official season opener at Oregon State on Friday?
CEDAR CITY, Utah—After picking up its first road win of the season a week ago at Portland State, UND was looking for some momentum in its Big Sky Conference football game at Southern Utah on Saturday night. The Fighting Hawks didn't find that momentum, instead falling 47-21 to SUU. The loss dropped UND to 2-5 in the league and 3-7 overall. SUU, still in the hunt for a league title, improved to 5-1 and 7-2. SUU struck early, scoring on its first two possessions for a 13-0 lead.
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.