Brandon Brekke scored 17 points to lead North Dakota to a 59-54 win over North Dakota State in college men's basketball Tuesday, Jan. 17, before a crowd of 7,169 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
North Dakota's Josh Schuler had 11 points off the bench, including two free throws with 6.2 seconds left for that iced it for UND (8-9).
Marshall Bjorklund had 13 points and seven rebounds for North Dakota State (13-5) and Mike Felt made 4 of 11 three-pointers to finish with 12 points for the Bison, who shot a season-low 32.8 percent from the floor.
Neither team led by more than five points. UND trailed 50-45 with less than 6 minutes to play when Schuler hit a 3-pointer and Brekke scored after an NDSU miss to tie it up.
It was 52-52 when NDSU's Dylan Hale was whistled for an intentional foul at the 2:10 mark. Brekke converted 1 of 2 free throws to go ahead, and UND got the ball back only to run 30 seconds off the clock before a missed 3-pointer.
NDSU missed a contested layup out of a timeout on the next possession, and Patrick Mitchell's putback with 50.2 seconds left made it 55-52.
The Bison missed a 3-pointer on their next trip down, and Aaron Anderson's two free throws with 18.1 seconds left stretched UND's lead to five. Anderson finished with 12 points and Mitchell had 10.
Lawrence Alexander had eight points and five rebounds, Taylor Braun had eight points, six rebounds and five assists, and TrayVonn Wright finished with eight points and four rebounds for NDSU.
North Dakota State, third in The Summit League with a 6-2 record, is scheduled to host second-place South Dakota State (15-5, 7-1 Summit) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.