EL PASO, Texas (NDSU Athletics) -- The North Dakota State men’s basketball team shot 61 percent overall and made 14 three-pointers to dominate UNC Wilmington in a 100-63 victory Thursday evening in the opening round of the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.
The Bison will play the winner of UTEP and Howard in the championship game on Friday night at approximately 8:15 p.m. CT / 7:15 p.m. MT.
NDSU’s 14 three pointers were the most by the Bison since hitting 14 in a win over South Dakota on Feb. 7, 2015. The Bison connected on 14-of-25 attempts (56 percent) from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Tyson Ward led NDSU with 17 points, and sophomore Deng Geu added 16 points and a season-high eight rebounds. Senior Paul Miller scored 16 for the Bison.
UNC Wilmington led 8-7 just over five minutes into the game before five straight points from freshman forward Rocky Kreuser gave the Bison a 12-8 advantage. NDSU put together an 11-0 run and outscored the Seahawks 40-18 over the final 12:30 of the first half.
The Bison led 52-28 at halftime and went ahead by as many as 38 points at 82-44 with eight minutes remaining.
Senior A.J. Jacobson tallied 11 points and six rebounds for the Bison. Sophomores Jared Samuelson and Chris Quayle both scored nine – a new season-high for Quayle.
NDSU set season highs in free throws made (20) and free throws attempted (25).