North Dakota State senior Taylor Braun scored 30 points, including 22 in the second half, to guide the Bison men's basketball team to an 85-77 road triumph at South Dakota State on Saturday, Jan. 25. NDSU improved to 15-5 on the season and 4-1 in Summit League games to hold a share of first place in the league.
The Bison shot 56.3 percent in the contest and 62.5 percent in the second half. NDSU leads the nation in team field goal percentage, and Saturday was the 11th time this season that the Bison shot better than 52 percent in a game.
SDSU (10-10, 2-3 Summit) was led by 22 points from senior guard Brayden Carlson.
The Bison trailed 37-35 with just under two minutes left in the first half before stringing together a 19-2 run that lasted until the 14:19 mark of the second half, giving NDSU its largest lead of the game at 54-39.
SDSU twice trimmed the Bison lead to six points on Chad White three-pointers at 58-52 and 78-72, and the Jackrabbits eventually pulled within five at 80-75 on a Jordan Dykstra trey with 42 seconds remaining. The Bison made five free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
NDSU posted a 34-24 rebounding advantage and made 23-of-28 free throw attempts.
Braun tallied six rebounds and six assists to go with his third game of at least 30 points this season. Senior forward Marshall Bjorklund had 19 points and seven rebounds for NDSU, and junior guard Lawrence Alexander added 15 points and six boards.
Braun made 3-of-9 attempts from the field to start the game before making his final six shots over a nine-minute stretch of the second half.
NDSU will embark on another Summit League road trip next week, taking on South Dakota on Jan. 30 and Denver on Feb. 1.