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Sioux Get Past Longwood

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Sophomore Aaron Anderson (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and senior Patrick Mitchell (Des Moines, Iowa) made sure the University of North Dakota men's basketball wrapped up a six-game road trip with a victory. The duo combined for 37 points as the Fighting Sioux knocked off Longwood 67-59 at Willett Hall on Saturday afternoon.


In a game that took only 90 minutes of real time to conclude, Anderson scored 19 points and hit a crucial jumper from the baseline with the shot-clock expiring to put UND ahead by five with one minute, 32 seconds to play. It was the third straight game Anderson led the team in scoring as the Sioux (12-14) defeated Longwood in non-conference play for the second straight season.

Anderson and Mitchell iced the victory at the free throw line where they made six in a row in the final minute. Mitchell, who finished with 18 points, did his damage from beyond the arc as he drilled a quartet of 3-pointers and also added two blocks to become just the second player in UND history to score 1,000 points, pull down 500 rebounds and block 150 shots in a career (Chris Gardner; 1990-94).

The Lancers, who suited up only seven players, raced out to a 7-0 lead only to see the visitors answer with an 8-0 run of their own. UND's lead would be short-lived, however, as a 10-2 run by the home team would keep the Lancers' advantage hovering close to seven points, but no more than that throughout most of the half.

The Sioux managed to pull even by halftime, reeling off six straight over the final four minutes to make it a 28-28 contest.

UND would expand that run to 11-0 after opening the second half on a 5-0 spurt thanks to a 3-pointer by Mitchell and a putback by sophomore Troy Huff (Milwaukee, Wis.). Huff scored all eight of his points after the break.

"We had no pop to us in that first half," UND head coach Brian Jones said. "So, we challenged our guys in the lockerroom and they responded. We set the tone early in the second half and were in control the whole way. They made a couple of runs, which they are capable of doing because of the way they shoot the ball, but our bench came up big for us and we made a couple of big shots down the stretch."

The visitors would push their lead to double digits just over four minutes into the half thanks to back-to-back baskets by junior Jordan Allard (Fargo, N.D.), but the home team would not go away quietly.

Allard made it a 50-38 contest with a free throw at the 12-minute mark, but 10 straight by Longwood put the Lancers quickly within two points again. Martiz Washington scored the final eight of that run as he finished with 16.

UND regrouped to score the next nine points as Mitchell's fourth trey of the game made it a 59-48 contest with 6:09 to play, but, as had been the case all game, Longwood had one last surge.

With the Sioux going cold from the field, the Lancers scored eight straight over a four-and-a-half minute stretch to pull within a possession at 59-56, but Anderson's timely make from the baseline put his team up by five.

Longwood senior Antwan Carter, who scored a game-high 21 points, missed a jumper on the Lancers' next possession that was rebounded by Huff. With only four team fouls, Longwood had to quickly put UND in the bonus, but Anderson and Mitchell made the free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Sophomore Brandon Brekke (East Grand Forks, Minn.) helped UND hold a 28-26 advantage on the glass with a team-high eight rebounds. He also added eight points as his 4-for-4 effort from the foul line helped the Sioux shoot 78.6 percent for the game (11-for-14).
Both teams made 24 field goals and eight 3-pointers, but the Lancers went to the foul line only three times (all makes) in the contest. The teams combined for only 18 fouls, leading to the quick finish.

UND will return to its home court next Saturday against Houston Baptist as the Sioux begin a stretch of three-straight GWC home tilts to close out the regular season. Tipoff against the Huskies is set for 4 p.m. at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
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