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Tonight, there are 97 Division I men's basketball games scheduled in the country. Only four of the 97 contests feature matchups between conference opponents with eight more more league wins. One of the four is set for The Betty, where UND hosts Eastern Washington. Both teams are 8-3 in the Big Sky Conference. UND is 13-8 overall while Eastern Washington is 16-8.
Each racing circuit has its crown jewel: NASCAR has the Daytona 500; the Indy Racing League has the Indianapolis 500; and the World of Outlaws have the Knoxville Nationals. And so on. For Dave Nisbet, a 2005 East Grand Forks Senior High graduate, a career in racing has allowed him to celebrate wins in two of the biggest races in motor sports. Last week, Nisbet was on the pit crew that won the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona, arguably the country's top race for sports cars. In 2014, Nisbet was on Ryan Hunter-Reay's pit crew that won the Indianapolis 500.
Mike Gornall's goal 41 seconds into overtime gave UND a 2-1 win over St. Cloud State on Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The teams split their National Collegiate Hockey Conference series. Gornall scored both of UND's goals. He scored at 14:10 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Mikey Eyssimont put St. Cloud on the board with a goal at 11:25 of the first period. UND outshot St. Cloud 26-21.
For nearly 35 minutes, UND didn't give its fans much to cheer about. That changed drastically in the closing minutes. Led by another surge from Quinton Hooker—the Big Sky Conference preseason player of the year—UND somehow managed to overcome a subpar 35-minute performance and rally for an 87-77 overtime win over Northern Colorado on Saturday before 2,352 fans at The Betty.
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