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The scouting report on South Dakota State has been complete for the past few years: The Jackrabbits have the best men's basketball team in the Summit League and they also have the best player—6-foot-9 Mike Daum, an inside presence that dominates both ends of the court with his perimeter shooting, skill under the basket and a 7-4 wingspan that gives opposing offenses fits.
Through four games of its initial Summit League season, the UND women’s basketball team had made a little noise -- sitting with a 3-1 record. A win Sunday against Western Illinois would have given the Hawks a big dose of momentum with league power South Dakota State set to visit The Betty on Friday. Western Illinois, however, wiped out that momentum, taking a 92-80 win over the Hawks before 1,400 fans.
For years, Omaha and UND were members of the old North Central Conference—Division II programs that had a number of competitive games against each other. The teams went their separate ways roughly 10 years ago, but are now back at it as Summit League members. On Thursday night, it was another competitive, well-played, entertaining game between the old rivals, with Omaha sneaking away with a 92-91 win before 1,525 fans at The Betty.
DENVER—Sometimes, the shots fall; sometimes they don't. The shots fell for UND on Saturday as the Fighting Hawks drilled 15 three-pointers en route to an 80-59 win over Denver in a Summit League game at Magness Arena. It was UND's first Summit League win as the Hawks improved to 1-2 and 7-9 while Denver dropped to 0-4 and 5-13. UND won despite enduring travel delays Friday from Tulsa, Okla., to Denver.. On Thursday, the Hawks fell at Oral Roberts.
TULSA, Okla. -- UND is still looking for its first win as a member of the Summit League. Oral Roberts received 34 points from Emmanuel Nzekwesi as the Golden Eagles downed the Fighting Hawks 83-72 on Thursday night. UND dropped to 0-2 in the league and 6-9 overall while ORU improved to 2-0 and 6-11.
Senior Conner Avants has logged a lot of miles as a member of the UND men's basketball team. He traveled to Europe in his freshman season for four exhibition games. For the next two seasons, he and his UND teammates saw a big chunk of the country as a member of the three time zone Big Sky Conference. He's probably logged as many miles as any college player in the country the past four years. "That would be a very large number," said Avants, "especially with the trips to Hawaii, Florida Gulf Coast and the overseas trip in my freshman year."
Senior Conner Avants has logged a lot of miles as a member of the UND men’s basketball team. He traveled to Europe in his freshman season for four exhibition games. For the next two seasons, he and his UND teammates saw a big chunk of the country as a member of the three time zone Big Sky Conference. He’s probably logged as many miles as any college player in the country the past four years.
There is no off season when it comes to sprint car racing. A driver, however, may have to travel a bit to find a race. And that's what Mark Dobmeier is doing this week as he is planning to race four nights in Australia. Dobmeier will drive for Kendrick Racing based in Perth. Kendrick Racing will field two cars for this week's USA vs. Western Australia Sprintcar Speedweek, which begins Wednesday at the Perth Motorplex and wraps up Jan. 1 at the Bunbury Speedway.
DeLAND, Fla. -- UND ended the nonconference portion of its women’s basketball season on a high note Friday. The Fighting Hawks won a battle of attrition, outlasting San Francisco of the West Coast Conference 100-97 in double overtime in the 31st annual Hatter Classic at Stetson University.
MILWAUKEE—North Dakota played its second Top 25 opponent of the season Tuesday night as the Fighting Hawks took on No. 20 Marquette of the Big East. The Hawks hung around for roughly 15 minutes before Marquette's outside shooting and length led the Golden Eagles to a 92-66 win. UND dropped to 6-6 and will take on Northern Iowa on Saturday. UND played at then-No. 10 Kentucky on Nov. 14, falling 96-58. Against Marquette, the Hawks struggled from the the field—especially beyond the arc while Marquette was on target most of the night.