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UND staged a late rally and beat Northern Colorado 87-77 in overtime on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference men's basketball game before 2,352 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks improved to 8-3 in the league and 13-8 overall while UNC dropped to 4-7 and 8-14. UND trailed by five points with more than three minutes to play in regulation before making a surge. Two Quinton Hooker free throws with 9 seconds left in regulation gave UND the lead but UNC's Jordan Davis scored with 4 seconds left to force overtime as the teams were tied 69-69.
St. Cloud State downed UND 3-1 in a National Collegiate Hockey Conference game at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night. Former Grand Forks Red River standout Jacob Benson scored one of the goals for St. Cloud State. The Huskies also received goals from Jimmy Schuldt and Ryan Poehling. UND's goal came from Tucker Poolman at 8:16 of the third period, a score that cut St. Cloud's lead to 2-1. The goal came on the power play. UND outshot the Huskies 29-20. The teams wrap up their National Collegiate Hockey Conference series Saturday night.
When it comes to scenery, there aren't many better trips for UND men's basketball than the one that takes the Fighting Hawks each season to Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. But we're talking scenery, not the demands of travel and two games in three days with vastly different altitudes.
The Super Bowl is set for this weekend but that doesn't mean football won't be played again until the fall. The Tri City North Stars are set to launch their semipro football season this weekend, beginning with a combine and team tryout at the UND Wellness Center on Saturday. The combine-team tryouts will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The North Stars are under new ownership. The team is now owned by Gerald Anton Jr. and Michelle Jalan, both of Grand Forks. The team's former owner, J.J. Kern, now is the owner of the Lake Area Snowmen based in Alexandria, Minn..
The Big Sky Conference postseason women's basketball tournament still is a month away but the league's first big showdown of the season is set for Saturday. Northern Colorado hosts UND in a matchup of the top two teams in the league. Northern Colorado is 10-0 in the Big Sky and 18-3 overall while UND is 9-1 and 14-7.
College football 6 UND recruits By state North Dakota Andrew Jones, 5-11, 220, FB, Hunter; Jack Pifer, 6-13, 190, WR, Fargo South; Hayden Reynolds, 6-1, 195, LB, West Fargo Sheyenne Minnesota Brock Boltmann, 6-1, 195, QB, Edina; Leif Bungum, 6-2, 190, LB, Dodge Center; Graham DeVore, 6-4, 230, TE, Mahtomedi; Connor Kruse, 6-5, 300, OL, Waconia; Jalen Morrison, 6-2, 240, DL, Woodbury; Zeke Ott, 6-3, 225, DL, Caledonia; Bryden Swenson, 6-3, 200, LB, Hallock; Brady Leach, 6-3, 175, PF, Moorhead Illinois
Boys basketball 6 Saturday's results Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 64, EGF Sacred Heart 60 Breckenridge 74, Wahpeton 46 Red Lake 85, Fond du Lac 31 Irene-Wakonda 74, Turtle Mountain 72 St. Mary's 85, Williston 56 Hillcrest 76, Oak Grove 73 New Rockford-Sheyenne 52, Langdon-E-M 47 Harvey-Wells County 54, Kidder County 50 Ellendale 68, Lisbon 37 Hankinson 70, Maple Valley 61 Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 70, Wilmot 39 Hillsboro-Central Valley 68, Central Cass 44
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Colorado College scored a goal late in the first period and added two empty-net tallies in the final minute to down UND 3-0 on Saturday night in a National Collegiate Hockey Conference game. The teams split their weekend series. UND dropped to 7-8-1 in the NCHC and 14-10-3 overall while Colorado College improved to 3-11-2 and 7-17-2. It was the Tigers' first home win of the season as well. UND outshot CC 45-20 but Tigers' goalie Alex Leclerc stopped every UND shot.
The second half of the Big Sky Conference season began Saturday. For UND, the beginning of the league's stretch run looked promising—especially the Hawks' ability to shoot the basketball. UND shot the ball 40 percent from the field in the first half of the league season. In its start to the second half of league play, UND shot a blistering 59 percent in running past Northern Arizona 88-69 before 1,802 fans at The Betty.
UND was in cruise control for roughly 30 minutes, slowly—but surely—taking care of business against Southern Utah. The Fighting Hawks then hit a speed bump. Still, UND was in control. Surprisingly, SUU then managed to throw a major road block at UND in the closing minutes. What was a leisurely drive toward another Big Sky Conference women's basketball win turned into a white-knuckle ride in the closing seconds. UND, however, had enough to take a 75-70 win over SUU on Thursday night before 1,563 fans at The Betty.