MINNEAPOLIS (NDSU Athletics) -- The Drake University men’s basketball team shot 69 percent in the second half, including 7-of-12 from three-point range, to hold on for a 95-88 victory over North Dakota State on Saturday evening at the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic.
Graduate transfer guard Nick Norton registered a triple-double for the Bulldogs, putting up 18 points, 17 assists, and 13 rebounds. His 17 assists were a Drake single-game school record. Senior forward Nick McGlynn led Drake with 23 points.
NDSU junior guard Vinnie Shahid scored a season-high 29 points, to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Bison junior Deng Geu added a career-high 21 points and seven boards.
NDSU junior Tyson Ward finished with six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Drake (5-1 overall) shot 56 percent for the game and made 12-of-23 (52 percent) from beyond the arc.
NDSU (2-6 overall) shot 47 percent overall, going 11-for-34 (32 percent) from three-point range.
The Bison never led in the game, but NDSU closed the first half on a 16-3 run to trail by only three, 45-42, at the break.
The Bulldogs scored the first six points of the second half to go ahead by nine. NDSU trimmed the deficit to six points on six different occasions, but never got closer than that.
The Bison play next at Iowa State on Monday, Dec. 3.