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Bison Crush Blue Hens 85-66

by Dan Gunderson

The North Dakota State University men’s basketball team started out the second half on a 10-0 run and used that to propel themselves to an 85-66 victory over the University of Delaware Blue Hens.

The Bison put together a strong first half that saw them take a 10 point lead into the locker room after a 15-2 run. They were able to build on that after the break with some high flying action as both senior Taylor Braun and sophomore Kory Brown had some spectacular dunks.

This was NDSU’s third home game of the season and third in five days. Head coach Saul Phillips said he wasn’t sure where his team’s energy came from after the long stretch of basketball.

“Being too tired to lose I guess,” said Phillips. “I don’t know.” NDSU didn’t have much time to prepare for this game due to finals week being in session at the school. Coach Phillips said his team had a one hour shoot around before the game and that was it.

This type of victory is magnified by the fact that Delaware was coming in after not playing for nine days. The Blue Hens didn’t appear to be the fresher team, however, and had a tough time containing Braun, who went for a game high 33 points.

The Bison also saw senior Marshall Bjorklund go for 16 points and nine boards. The leading scorer for the Blue Hens was Devon Saddler who ended up with 24 points off the bench. The Blue Hens were doomed by their poor shooting from the outside, only making five of 22 three pointers.

The Bison also dominated in the post with 42 points in the paint compared to Delaware’s 28 and out-rebounded the Blue Hens 38-29. The victory now puts the Bison at 8-4 overall, with three of their losses coming to teams in the top 50 RPI.

Next up for the Bison is Towson University at the Bison Sports Arena, who will be coming in after heading to the west coast to play the Oregon State University Beavers. Tip-off time for Saturday’s game is 7 p.m.