Taylor Braun scored 18 points including the winning free throws with 6.9 seconds left as North Dakota State won its eighth straight home game 55-54 over UMKC in Summit League men's basketball Thursday, Jan. 12, before a crowd of 3,119 at the Bison Sports Arena.
Braun snared his eighth rebound of the game when Reggie Chamberlain missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left for UMKC, which lost its seventh straight game and dropped to 7-12 overall and 1-6 in the league.
North Dakota State (12-4, 5-2) trailed by as many as 10 points midway through the second half before going on a 13-point run. Braun capped it with a fast-break layup that gave NDSU a 49-46 lead with 3:04 to play.
UMKC went 8 1/2 minutes without a field goal until Kirk Korver's corner 3-pointer put the Kangaroos up 52-49 with 1:03 left.
NDSU made a quick four-point swing when Marshall Bjorklund made a pair of free-throws with 41.3 seconds left, Joel Lindberg deflected a pass in the frontcourt, and Braun took it in for a layup at the :33.5 mark to put NDSU ahead 53-52.
Chamberlain put UMKC ahead 54-53 with a jumper over a leaping block attempt by TrayVonn Wright, and the Bison took their final timeout. Braun got to the line when he drove to the free throw line right and was tripped by Thomas Staton.
Bjorklund finished with 15 points and eight rebounds; Wright had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals; and Lawrence Alexander scored seven points with three assists, three rebounds and three blocks for NDSU.
North Dakota State, which entered the game ranked fifth nationally in field-goal shooting, went just 38.6 percent overall and tied a season low going 14.3 percent (2-for-14) from the 3-point line. The Bison made 19 of 23 free throws.
Chamberlain had 16 points and seven rebounds for UMKC, which shot 39.1 percent overall and 45 percent from the 3-point line (9-for-20). The Kangaroos were 9 of 13 at the foul line.
Estan Tyler added 12 points, Nate Rogers scored 11, and Staton grabbed eight rebounds for the Roos, who had a 32-29 edge in total rebounds.
North Dakota State is scheduled to host South Dakota at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. The Coyotes are 6-10 overall and 1-6 in the league after an 86-56 loss at South Dakota State on Thursday.