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As a high school basketball player, UND coach Brian Jones still remembers his first recruiting letter. "My first letter as a high school athlete was from Arizona," said Jones. "I've been an Arizona fan since I've been a kid." Jones didn't play at Arizona but he now gets the chance to coach against the Wildcats on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. "I guess things have come full circle," said the UND coach.
RENO, Nev.—UND is going Dancing. UND won the biggest game in its men's basketball history Saturday night, staging a furious second-half rally to down Weber State 93-89 in overtime in the championship game of the Big Sky Conference tournament at Reno Events Center. The win qualifies UND for its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UND, the regular-season champion, trailed by 10 points with 8 minutes to play. But the Hawks rallied, led by tournament MVP Quinton Hooker, who scored 28 points to lead the way.
RENO, Nev.—Montana State downed Idaho State 62-56 in the championship game of the Big Sky Conference women's basketball tournament Saturday. That was good news for UND since the Fighting Hawks now will receive a bid to play in the WNIT. Montana State and UND shared the regular-season Big Sky title. That gave Montana State the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky tournament. The WNIT takes regular-season league champions that do not advance to the NCAA Tournament. Had Montana State lost, the Bobcats would have received the WNIT bid.
RENO, Nev.—For the second night in a row, UND started fast—blowing out to a 21-7 lead in the first seven minutes. Early on, the Fighting Hawks played a level that looked unbeatable in the Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournament. But the postseason has a way of leveling the field. Idaho proved that in Friday night's Big Sky semifinal game.
RENO, Nev.—UND held on to beat Idaho 69-64 on Friday night in the semifinal round of the Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournament. The win advances UND into Saturday night's championship game against either Weber State or Eastern Washington. UND received 16 points from Geno Crandall and Corey Baldwin. UND improved to 21-9.
RENO, Nev.—UND opened the Big Sky Conference season with a crushing loss at Portland State. The 37-point setback in late December was one of the program's more lopsided losses in years. But UND rebounded and went on to win the league's regular-season title. UND and Portland State met again in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament Thursday, and the Hawks played like a team that won the regular-season title and earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
RENO, Nev. -- Makailah Dyer, UND’s leading scorer, had the shot she likely wanted. Her teammates believed that, too. But Dyer’s 3-point shot with 3 seconds to play was off the mark, a miss that gave Portland State a 65-62 win over the Fighting Hawks on Wednesday night in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball tournament. “That last shot was a great one for her,” said UND’s Leah Szabla. “She’s been hitting that all year. I thought it was in.
RENO, Nev.—UND joined the Big Sky Conference in 2012. When it comes to the league's postseason tournament, however, there was no learning curve for the Fighting Hawks. The Hawks have been productive in all three of their Big Sky tournament appearances, reaching the semifinals twice and advancing to the championship game in 2014. Will that trend continue Thursday when top-seeded UND plays No. 8 seed Portland State in a quarterfinal game? Hard to say. But UND has had its fair share of postseason tournament success since joining the league.
RENO, Nev.—In UND's opening game of the season, Leah Szabla scored 25 points against Drake—one of the top mid-major women's basketball programs in the country. The UND senior followed that with a 25-point performance against Texas Tech of the Big 12 and a 12-point effort against Iowa of the Big Ten. A month later, however, Szabla wasn't feeling too good.