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Bison Knock Off First-Place IPFW, 62-46
Fargo -- The North Dakota State men's basketball team scored the first 11 points of the game and never looked back, earning a 62-46 victory over first-place IPFW on Saturday afternoon in Summit League action. NDSU (16-8, 6-4 Summit League) took an 11-0 lead less than five minutes into the game, getting two three-pointers from Malik Clements and one from A.J. Jacobson in the opening run. The Bison never trailed in the game. NDSU led 37-25 at halftime. The Mastodons rallied to cut the deficit to 39-34 with 14 minutes remaining but never got any closer. IPFW (19-7, 8-3 Summit) was led by 18 points from senior guard Michael Calder. IPFW's 46 points and 28.1-percent shooting were both season lows for the Mastodons, as well as for all NDSU opponents this year. Jacobson scored a season-high 22 points and tied his career-best with five three-pointers. He played all 40 minutes for the second straight game. The Bison limited IPFW senior guard Max Landis to a season-low nine points on 2-of-10 shooting – two days after he scored 44 points and made 11 three-pointers at South Dakota. Landis had been averaging 26 points over the last seven games. NDSU senior Kory Brown scored 10 points, and junior forward Dexter Werner finished with nine points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Malik Clements made the start and scored eight points in the first half in place of an injured Paul Miller. Junior guard Carlin Dupree returned to action for the first time since Jan. 9, playing 14 minutes in the second half. He finished with four rebounds, three assists, two points, one steal and no turnovers.  FULL STORY

Win Streak Ends at Seven as Munroe Stymies Bobcats

Bismarck -- For the second time in 2015-16, the Bismarck Bobcats’ offense stalled out against netminder Chase Munroe as the Minnesota Wilderness blanked the Cats 2-0 Saturday at the VFW Sports Center, halting their season-high win streak at seven games. Following a scoreless first period, Minnesota drew first blood just 1:13 into the second when blueliner Janis Jaks floated a wrister through traffic that Bobcat goalie Nick DeSimone never saw as it beat him over his blocker and under the cross bar. It would stay a 1-0 game until a power play goal from Wilderness center Ryan Bloom, who stung home a Ryan Patava rebound, doubled the Minnesota lead to 2-0. Munroe saved his best stuff for last, turning away repeated opportunities when the Cats lifted DeSimone for an extra attacker in the final three minutes—culminating in a point-blank pad save on Harrison Aide with 37 seconds left in regulation. Aide’s offering would be the last shot the Bobcats would muster, as time expired to end the game at 2-0 and close out the weekend with a two-game split.  FULL STORY

Stretch Fade Dooms Marauders Despite Career Night by Douglas
Bismarck -- Devan Douglas exploded for a scoring career-high but the University of Mary faltered down the stretch for the second straight night. Visiting Concordia-St. Paul outscored U-Mary 10-4 in the final thee minutes of the game and the Golden Bears edged past the Marauders 76-72. On Friday night, the Marauders led by three with 3:30 left in what became a 76-71 loss to Minnesota State University. On Saturday, U-Mary held a 68-66 lead with 3:56 remaining in the game against Concordia. A rugged contest that featured 16 lead changes and 14 ties, the Marauders dominated inside while the Golden Bears won the game from the outside. U-Mary outscored CSP 40-24 in the paint, held a 21-9 advantage in second chance points and outrebounded the Golden Bears 43-36, including a 19-7 mark in offensive rebounds. Concordia, however, was 10-of-20 on 3-pointers while U-Mary was 5-of-17. The Golden Bears also shot 50.9 percent for the game to the 37.3 field goal percentage managed by the Marauders.  FULL STORY

MSU Win Streak Snapped by Mavs

Minot -- Minot State University couldn't get enough stops down the stretch to extend their win streak. In a game where scoring was at a premium most of the night, Minnesota State outscored the Beavers 30-16 over the final 9:20 of the game. That was enough to hold off the Beavers – ending Minot State's six-game home winning streak – in a 73-63 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball game Saturday at the Minot State Dome. "We OK tonight, but to beat a team like Minnesota State who has been ranked nationally at times this year, you have to be better than that. You probably have to be great," said MSU head coach Matt Murken. "We were decent, but we just couldn't get enough stops in the end." The Beavers (11-13 overall, 6-12 NSIC) had a good start, outscoring Minnesota State (17-7, 12-6) 7-0, holding the high-scoring Mavericks scoreless for four minutes to start the game. But it tightened up from there as neither team led by more than eight until the waning moments of the second half.  FULL STORY

Encore Act from Boeser, Johnson Puts UND Atop NCHC
Grand Forks -- North Dakota has an off week in the schedule next weekend, and that's probably a welcome sight. The second-ranked Fighting Hawks grabbed sole possession of first place in the NCHC with a 2-1 win and series sweep at Western Michigan tonight, a bruising, blood-and-guts weekend will keep athletic trainer Mark Poolman hopping in the coming days. "It was hard fought out there," said UND head coach Brad Berry on tonight's game. "We talked about it the previous Monday about how tough it is to win in here." "Oh gosh, it was tough," said LaDue on the physicality of the weekend. "It's good for us to get in those types of games because that's what's gonna happen down the road." Already down Hobey Baker candidates Drake Caggiula and Nick Schmaltz, along with freshman Chris Wilkie, UND saw defensemen Troy Stecher (second period) and Tucker Poolman (third period) each leave tonight's game for the locker room with undisclosed injuries. Poolman eventually returned but Stecher did not. "I thought the guys in the lineup did great this weekend," said junior defenseman Paul LaDue on his team's gritty performance. "This was a huge step forward for our team." UND's patchwork lineup put together a gritty performance in winning its eight game in as many tries at Lawson Ice Arena and the formula was nearly identical from Friday night's 2-0 win: a timely goal from freshman Brock Boeser and an elite performance in goal from Cam Johnson.  FULL STORY

Blue Hawks Win 77-60 Over Comets
-- Julian Vasquez had to give his head coach credit. Not hearing his named called in the starting lineup was a good thing. The senior guard came off the bench to score 25 points and powered the Dickinson State men’s basketball team to avenge a three-point loss to Mayville State earlier this season with a 77-60 win in a North Star Athletic Association rematch Saturday night at Scott Gymnasium. Vasquez didn’t know he wasn’t going to start until just before game time. He then hit 9 of 13 shots and had three steals. “It worked,” Vasquez said of the decision to bring him off the bench. “So you can’t sit here and knock something that didn’t work. All power to (DSU head coach Justin Wetzel) on that one.”Wetzel said his team played in the honor of Donelda “Donnie” Jessen, the late wife of LaVern Jessen, a former DSU head coach and Dakota Athletic Conference commissioner. DSU held a moment of silence in her honor to start the game.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- A full week of February is now in the books, and North Dakota prep sports action was hot & heavy on multiple fronts. On the hardwood, there was an abundance of Class B boys' & girls' contests, and KDKT Sports Radio was on hand for two Beulah Miner home games in Coal Country--one regional and one non-league. In the Super-Region 7 clash, the Miners prevailed over 7th-ranked Dickinson Trinity 67-60, as 6'4 Sr P Josh Remmick accounted for 20 points. Four days later, Beulah blasted Watford City 82-39, with Soph F Logan Miller leading the scoring parade with 20 markers of his own. Beulah (without leading scorer Casey Walcker, who was out of the lineup with an ankle injury) was also in action Saturday afternoon in Bismarck, colliding with the 2nd-rated Shiloh Christian Skyhawks. In a nip-&-tuck affair, the Skyhawks rallied in the 4th quarter to pull out a hard-fought and tense 59-56 win. Pacing the foul-plagued Miners in scoring was Alec Battest with 16 points, while Shiloh Sr G Zac Martin was the leading point-producer for his squad with 19 counters--17 coming at the free-throw line. Elsewhere in Class B boys' hoops, Shiloh decisioned Solen 52-43; Hazen held off Killdeer 72-66 behind Wyatt Carr's 34-point eruption, and also squeezed by Glen Ullin-Hebron 62-58; Washburn coasted past New Salem-Almont 57-42, pounded Max 56-27, and out-fought Flasher in two overtimes 67-62; 4th-ranked Ellendale breezed by Carrington 57-44 but got toppled by Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 67-55; Mandaree blitzed Beach 87-57; #8 Linton-HMB outlasted South Border 58-55 and struggled past Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 47-39; Richardton-Taylor outpointed Bowman County 62-57, but fell to New England 63-51; and Dickinson Trinity bludgeoned Bowman County 76-36 and raced past Mandaree 87-74. Additionally, Minot Ryan trounced Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 64-39; Mandaree defeated Killdeer 59-54; New Town downed Garrison 74-63 and Stanley cruised past Killdeer by the exact same tally; Hettinger-Scranton eased past Heart River 54-44 and gashed Glen Ullin-Hebron 78-54; Underwood trimmed Center-Stanton 55-50; and #5 Hillsboro-Central Valley clipped Park River-Fordville-Lankin 49-46. Also, #6 Strasburg-Zeeland overwhelmed South Border 72-46 and crushed Kidder County 74-39; top-rated Four Winds-Minnewauken obliterated Harvey-Wells County 107-49 and similarly waxed Lakota-Edmore 97-42; Mott-Regent disposed of New England 65-45; Rugby dropped Drake-Anamoose 40-34; New Town outraced Standing Rock in two overtimes, 92-89; Heart River hammered Watford City 72-41; and Beach outdueled Garrison 59-52. In a pair of Class A boys' matchups involving top-ranked Century, the Patriots slipped past #2 Minot 63-61 and demolished Turtle Mountain 116-44. In Class B girls' cage action, #5 Watford City waltzed past #7 Shiloh Christian 56-34, smashed Killdeer 84-40, and walloped Class A Dickinson 61-25; top-ranked Thompson hammered Hillsboro-Central Valley 65-37; 4th-ranked North Star upended #3 Park River-Fordville-Lankin 45-36; 2nd-rated Rugby held off Rolla 53-46; 8th-rated Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah humbled Hankinson 58-33; and #10 Grafton pummeled Larimore 68-32. Elsewhere, Hazen handled Beulah 55-40 and nipped Glen Ullin-Hebron 51-49; Shiloh Christian whipped Linton-HMB 55-32; #9 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion subdued South Border 55-45; 8th-ranked Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier stomped Strasburg-Zeeland 83-18 and slammed Sargent Central 72-42; and Grant County gashed Solen 65-41 and steamrolled Standing Rock 85-51. In other encounters, Beach downed Mott-Regent 45-37 and hustled past Hettinger-Scranton 55-42, but got ambushed by Bowman County 46-35; Hettinger-Scranton rallied past Heart River 36-29, but Heart River bounced back to derail Bowman County 54-43; New Salem-Almont flattened Flasher 68-49; Underwood dumped Center-Stanton 55-41; Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky trounced Wilton-Wing 50-34; Dickinson Trinity pumped Mandaree 67-31 and beat Minot Ryan 64-54; and Glen Ullin-Hebron ransacked New England 43-27 and handled Heart River 43-33. Finally, Bowman County routed Mandaree 57-33; Washburn edged Powers Lake 38-34; Trenton-Trinity Christian dumped Divide County 58-39; and Center-Stanton crunched South Prairie 68-22. On the ice in prep hockey play, Bismarck blasted both Fargo South-Shanley and Fargo Davies 6-2; Fargo Davies manhandled Century 6-1; Century squeaked by Fargo South-Shanley 4-3 in a shootout; Hazen-Beulah took care of the Century JV 5-3; Grand Forks Red River whitewashed Minot 3-0; and Mandan disposed of Bottineau-Rugby by the same score and then outlasted Williston 3-1. On the Class B wrestling mats, regional dual tournaments were staged all across North Dakota this past Saturday, and Killdeer was the site of the Region 4 grappling action. In quarterfinal-round competiton, Watford City defeated New Salem-Almont 42-22; and Bowman County beat Killdeer 51-28. In the semis, top-seeded Hettinger-Scranton overwhelmed Watford City 60-12 and 2nd-seeded Beulah-Hazen prevailed over Bowman County 42-24. In consolation duals, Bowman County bounced New Salem-Almont 54-21; and Watford City eliminated Killdeer 48-18. For the championship, to determine Region 4's automatic qualifier for the state dual tourney in Fargo in two weeks, Hettinger-Scranton disposed of Beulah-Hazen 51-21. In the challenge bout, to determine Region 4's #2 qualifier for state, Beulah-Hazen blitzed Watford City 52-24. In this new week unfolding, KDKT Sports Radio will call a multitude of prep basketball and prep hockey contests. Check out our broadcast schedule by clicking on the live link located immediately below this blog entry.

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