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A week ago, UND left the Stott Center at Portland State for its hotel. Once back at the hotel, UND players watched—in its entirety—Portland State's 99-62 dismantling of the Fighting Hawks in the teams' Big Sky Conference opener. "We had to watch the whole game, from start to finish and it was a good thing for us," said UND sophomore guard Geno Crandall. "We saw what we did bad. Moving forward, it'll probably be a defining moment for us because we figured out a lot of things."
UND women's basketball coach Travis Brewster had only two words for his team Saturday—focused composure. And that's exactly what it took for UND to take down helter-skelter Sacramento State 94-71 before 1,405 fans at The Betty. UND improved to 2-0 in the Big Sky Conference and 7-6 overall. Sacramento State plays a style of basketball that few teams play. For 40 minutes, the Hornets run, press, shoot the 3-pointer as much as possible and substitute five players at a time often. It's a chaotic style, leading to high-scoring games.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. UND received goals two goals from Austin Poganski and one from Shane Gersich as the Fighting Hawks downed Union 3-1 on Saturday. UND improved to 10-6-3 while Union dropped to 14-4-2. Union outshot UND 33-29. The Hawks return to NCHC play next weekend with a series against Omaha.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UND survived a furious Sacaramento State rally but manged to pull out a 90-82 overtime win over the Hornets on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference men's basketball game. The Hawks improved to 1-1 in the Big Sky and 6-6 overall. UND led 52-31 at halftime. Sacramento State took the lead late in the game but a basket by Drick Bernstine with two seconds to go forced overtime. Quinton Hooker led UND with 31 points. Geno Crandall, Corey Baldwin and Cortez Seales all had 12 points for the Hawks, who shot 50 percent from the field.
UND received 21 points from Makailah Dyer as the Fighting Hawks downed Sacramento State 94-71 on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference women's basketball game at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND improved to 2-0 in the Big Sky and 7-6 overall. Sacramento State dropped to 0-2 and 4-9. The Hawks led nearly the entire way and jumped out to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter.
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.