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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."
Makailah Dyer scored 18 points to lead UND past Portland State 65-61 on Thursday night in the Big Sky Conference women's basketball opener for both teams. UND improved to 6-6 overall while PSU dropped to 6-7. UND led most of the way but no more than eight points separated the teams. Fallyn Freije added 13 points for UND while Samantha Roscoe finished with 12. The Hawks shot 34 percent against Portland State's 2-3 zone but did shoot 35 percent on 3-point attempts (8-of-23). Sidney Rielly led Portland State with 27 points.
UND has played one of the toughest nonconference schedules in program history this season, with games against Big 12, Big Ten and Missouri Valley programs. Add to that, UND has battled sickness of late, with starting senior guard Leah Szabla still out of the lineup. Then, there was the Christmas blizzard, which wiped out one practice earlier this week. Through it all, UND managed a 5-6 record heading into tonight's Big Sky Conference women's basketball opener against Portland State at The Betty. UND also enters league play by winning four of its past six games.
It’s still early but it never hurts when ESPN’s Joe Lunardi mentions your team when projecting the bracket for this season’s March Madness.
It's still early but it never hurts when ESPN's Joe Lunardi mentions your team when projecting the bracket for this season's March Madness. At least that's how UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones looks at things after Lunardi's latest NCAA Tournament bracket predicts UND will reach this season's March Madness by winning the Big Sky Conference postseason title. The Big Sky season starts Thursday night as UND will open at Portland State, a team that has won its past four games.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Before Tuesday night’s game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, it had been 48 years and a day since UND had last played Iowa. But the ties between the two schools have existed in some manner for decades. And those ties between UND and the state of Iowa when it comes to men’s college basketball may grow stronger in the future. In the past 56 years of UND basketball, coaches with ties to the state of Iowa have led the Fighting Hawks’ program for 37 of those years.
Whether UND gets another chance to play Iowa may be up in the air after what happened after Tuesday night’s game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where the Hawkeyes beat the Fighting Hawks 84-73.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It was 48 years ago and a day the last time UND ventured to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes of the Big Ten. UND left Iowa City with a 21-point loss. It may not be that long before UND plays Iowa again. But if there is another meeting, the Fighting Hawks still have some work to do in order to beat a Big Ten program. But the good news is they don’t have as much work to do as they did years ago.
When a mid-major program plays a team from a Power 5 Conference, the smaller school usually hopes it has the element of surprise on its side. UND won’t have that...