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Gophers Hold Off Bison, 63-59

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Ralph Sampson III had 15 points, six rebounds and four blocks as Minnesota edged North Dakota State 63-59 in college men's basketball Thursday, Dec. 22, before a crowd of 11,681 at Williams Arena.

Rodney Williams added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Gophers (12-1), who needed two free throws from Sampson with 13.8 seconds put it out of reach.

Taylor Braun had 13 points and 11 rebounds for North Dakota State (8-3), Dylan Hale scored a season-high 13 points, and Lawrence Alexander added 11 points.

North Dakota State opened a 14-2 lead to start the game as Minnesota scored only two field goals in the first 11 minutes. The Bison had an early 11-5 edge in rebounds.

Sampson and Williams combined for 14 points on a 14-3 run to tie it at 19. Minnesota led 32-29 at halftime and went up by as many as nine points early in the second half.

Braun had 10 of his 13 points in the second half, including a layup at the 7:48 mark that gave NDSU its last lead of the night at 53-52. But the Bison managed only two field goals the rest of the way.

NDSU finished with a 39-28 edge in total rebounds, including a 23-9 margin in the second half.

Marshall Bjorklund had nine points and nine rebounds, and Mike Felt had nine points on 3-of-8 shooting from the arc.

NDSU shot 42.6 percent overall including 6-for-22 on 3-pointers. The Bison were 7 of 14 at the foul line.

Maverick Ahanmisi added 13 points and three steals for the Gophers, who shot 45.7 percent from the floor and went 15-for-24 at the foul line.

North Dakota State is scheduled to host Oakland at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, and IPFW at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30.

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