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When Weber State coach Randy Rahe left The Betty last week after his team fell to UND, the longest-tenured coach in the Big Sky Conference talked about life on the road in the massive, three time zone league that stretches from North Dakota to California. "It's so dang hard to win on the road in this league," said Rahe. UND, however, has managed to survive, for the most part, on the road this season. UND is 3-2 in Big Sky road games but will take on the hottest team in the league—Eastern Washington—tonight in Cheney.
After every home game, UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones immediately goes on the air with play-by-play guy Paul Ralston to discuss how the Fighting Hawks performed—win or lose. During that time, UND players head to the Fighting Hawks' locker room and wait for Jones to conclude his postgame radio interview.
UND has had bigger wins in men's basketball over the years. Few, however, perhaps felt as good as UND's highly entertaining 78-71 win over Big Sky Conference power Weber State on Saturday before 2,148 fans at The Betty—a victory that legitimizes the Fighting Hawks as a team that can seriously compete for the league title. Since joining the Big Sky in 2012, UND had yet to beat Weber. The Hawks were 0-8 all time against Weber—the one team UND had not beaten since joining the league.
UND has had bigger wins in men’s basketball over the years. Few, however, perhaps felt as good as UND’s highly entertaining 78-71 win over Big Sky Conference power Weber State...
Since joining the Big Sky Conference in 2012, UND twice flirted with making a run at a men’s regular-season basketball title. Weber State, however, was in the way both times...
UND junior guard Quinton Hooker had a relatively quiet first half. His stat line for the first half: 3 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists. However, Hooker -- the team’s leading...
UND and Idaho State weren't supposed to be factors in the Big Sky Conference men's basketball race this season. At least that's what preseason polls indicated. At the halfway point of the season, though, both already have surpassed their preseason expectations. But both want more. Two of the hottest teams in the Big Sky meet tonight when Idaho State (5-3 Big Sky, 10-10 overall) takes on UND (5-4, 10-10) at The Betty. The Bengals, led by Ethan Telfair—the brother of NBA player Sebastian Telfair—have won four in a row while UND has won four of its past six.
UND announced its 2016 football recruits Wednesday, a class that includes 22 players. Eighteen of the players signed National Letters of Intent while the other four are preferred walk-ons. "It...
UND hasn't earned many—if any—style points during its four-game win streak. "If we come out with a win, that's OK with us," said UND senior Mia Loyd. "It's just a matter of doing it better." The Fighting Hawks still commit too many turnovers (20 Saturday against Northern Colorado); they haven't shot better than 38 percent from the field in any of the four wins; and they've averaged a meager 61.5 points during the streak.
In a preseason poll, UND was picked to finish second in the Big Sky Conference. The Fighting Hawks, however, started league play 1-4. UND has righted the ship recently as...