With 1:49 to go, UND senior Conner Avants used a right hook shot to score in the lane. UND already had the game under control, but his basket was significant.
As a senior, it was his last shot on the floor of The Betty and it gave the 6-foot-8 post player 11 points-meaning all five starters reached double figures in UND's clean, efficient 81-63 Summit League win over Denver on Saturday before 1,946 fans.
The win also officially qualified UND (5-9 Summit, 11-16 overall) for the upcoming Summit League postseason tournament in Sioux Falls.
"I was glad that shot was a right hook; it's my favorite thing to do," said Avants.
The win was UND's second straight game in which the Hawks played a consistent 40 minutes. There were no lapses in any phase of their game. Kienan Walter (19 points), Billy Brown (18), Marlon Stewart (17) and Seales (12) were the other starters in double figures.
"We're definitely a team that rises the entire season and we're really hitting our stride," said Avants. "I think we're playing some of our best basketball. On a neutral floor, I don't think anyone is going to want to play us."
UND shot 50 percent, also making 8-of-21 from beyond the arc. Most of UND's three-pointers were timely, too, as they never let the Pioneers (2-12, 7-21) gain any momentum.
UND beat Oral Roberts 85-73 last Saturday in a similar game. The Hawks had few deficiencies. In both games, UND had a week to prepare-not an ideal late-season schedule but one that was necessary because of the Hawks' scattered slate of games for much of the Summit season.
"We had so many games and no time to prep," said UND coach Brian Jones. "The last two weeks we've tightened some things up that we need to be better at.
"It was a great day for us, a lot of emotion. We knew that if we focused on our energy and preparation, we'd be in good shape."
UND's starters took turns carrying the load. Stewart's shooting in the opening minutes helped UND establish a comfortable cushion. Brown's back-to-back baskets early in the second half pushed UND's lead to 55-36.
And Walter scored consistently, finishing 7-for-13 from the field.
Seales, the team's other senior, and Avants both were honored before the game.
"Everybody came out and did their part," said Seales. "It was as collective group effort."
It was the last game both Avants, from Edmond, Okla., and Seales, who is from Eldridge, Iowa, will play at The Betty.
"I'd like to give Coach Jones and the staff for giving a kid like me the opportunity to come up here and show my talents," said Seales.