The North Dakota State men's basketball team paired a hot shooting performance with a strong defensive effort to roll to a 91-69 victory over Omaha in Summit League play inside the Bison Sports Arena on Thursday, Jan. 16.
Senior Taylor Braun scored 20 points to lead six Bison players in double figures. NDSU shot 32-for-59 (54.2 percent) to improve on its nation-leading team field goal percentage. Junior point guard Lawrence Alexander scored 14 points, Mike Felt came off the bench for 13, Marshall Bjorklund had 11, and Kory Brown and TrayVonn Wright each chipped in 10 for the Bison.
As a team, NDSU registered 11 blocks in the game, coming one shy of matching the team single-game record of 12 blocks set against Green Bay on Nov. 25, 2006.
Omaha (10-7, 0-2 Summit) was averaging 83 points per contest entering tonight. The 69 points for the Mavericks was their second-lowest total of the season.
NDSU (13-5, 2-1 Summit) raced out to a 10-2 lead in the game's first four minutes and never trailed, leading by as many as 15 points in the first half at 37-22. The Mavericks used a 7-0 run to trim the deficit to eight at 37-29 with 2:28 to play in the half, but that is as close as they would come.
The Bison opened the second half with an 8-1 run and led by at least 15 points for the remainder of the game.
Braun led NDSU with eight rebounds, and Alexander had five assists. Wright recorded three blocks in a game for the fifth time this season.
Braun's 20 points moved him to 1,403 for his career, climbing two spots on the NDSU all-time list to No. 13.
NDSU will host Western Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m.