Lawrence Alexander's 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left gave North Dakota State a 78-75 win over Oakland in Summit League men's basketball Saturday, Jan. 28, before a crowd of 3,935 at the O'rena.
Alexander and Marshall Bjorklund finished with 19 points apiece, and Taylor Braun had 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for NDSU (14-7, 7-4), which won for the first time in six trips to Rochester.
After losing three straight games, NDSU inserted seniors Eric Carlson and Drew Lundberg into the starting lineup for the first time all year. Carlson tallied nine points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Lundberg scored nine points.
Reggie Hamilton had 37 points on 13-of-25 shooting including 6 of 12 from the 3-point line for Oakland (12-12, 6-6). Drew Valentine had 15 points and Travis Bader finished with 12.
NDSU led 41-37 at halftime but went down by as many as six points after Oakland went on a 13-3 run. Hamilton, who had 20 straight OU points over parts of both halves, scored 11 of the team's first 16 points after halftime.
Down 58-52 with 12:54 to play, the Bison answered with a 7-0 run including a shot-clock beater from Lundberg and two free-throws from Carlson.
NDSU trailed 72-68 with 3:32 left when Braun's fifth 3-pointer of the game sparked another 7-0 run. Alexander had a tip-in of his own miss to go ahead 73-72 and Carlson scored at the 1:25 mark to make it a three-point game.
OU went almost 3 minutes without a bucket until Hamilton's 3-pointer tied it 75-75 with 35.5 seconds to go.
Oakland went 13-for-29 from the 3-point line and shot 45 percent overall, while NDSU was 10-for-16 from the arc and 63 percent overall. The Bison had a 30-21 rebounding advantage.
North Dakota State hosts Southern Utah at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, and Oral Roberts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo.