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Bison Take the Summit League Championship

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Bison fans can party like its 2009. Tuesday night North Dakota State beat IPFW 60-57 in the Summit League Championship game.

The win earns NDSU their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in five seasons, and for just the second time in school history.

Bison seniors TrayVonn Wright and Taylor Braunwere big contributors, pouring in 19 and 15 points respectively.

NDSU will now wait until Selection Sunday on March 16th to find out where they'll be seeded for the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Valley News Lives Sports Director Jamal Spencer and Valley Today's John Trierweiler have been in Sioux Falls, SD with the Bison throughout the Summit League Tournament and will have continued coverage and reaction coming up Wednesday on the Valley Today, starting at 5:00 a.m.  

From NDSU Athletics:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The top-seeded North Dakota State men's basketball team erased a seven-point second-half deficit to pull off a 60-57 victory over Fort Wayne in the championship game of the Summit League Tournament and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday, March 11, at Sioux Falls Arena.

Trailing 55-54 with 1:30 remaining in the game, NDSU senior guard Taylor Braun scored with a driving layup to put NDSU up 56-55. After a Fort Wayne shot rimmed out at the other end, Braun hit an off-balance baseline jumper and was fouled with 12 seconds remaining, giving NDSU a 59-55 lead after converting the three-point play.

NDSU (25-6) will make its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2009 after winning its second Summit League Tournament title.

Senior forward TrayVonn Wright scored 19 points to lead all players, carrying the Bison through one of their coldest shooting games of the season. Braun scored 15 points – 12 in the second half – and grabbed six rebounds.

NDSU, the national leader in team field goal percentage, shot 40.7 percent for the contest. It was the third lowest shooting percentage of the year for the Bison.

Fort Wayne (24-10) had Luis Jacobo, Michael Kibiloski and Pierre Bland each score nine points. The Mastodons held a 35-30 lead at halftime after shooting 50 percent in the opening half, but NDSU limited Fort Wayne to 8-of-25 shooting (32 percent) over the final 20 minutes.

It was NDSU's second win this season after trailing at halftime, improving their mark to 2-6 when behind at the break. The Bison committed just four turnovers in the game.

The game saw five ties and seven lead changes in the final 12 minutes.

NDSU will find out its NCAA Tournament seed, opponent and location of the game during the selection show on CBS at 5 p.m. (CT) Sunday.

 

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