NDSU men's hoops hits hot streak

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- The Bison men's basketball team seems to have found its stride on the back half of Summit League play.

"We've gotten everybody back healthy and it's helped us being able to put together a lot of good practices together as a team," said junior guard Vinnie Shahid.

Junior guard Vinnie Shahid points to the game at Denver back on January 16th that showed the team's inexperience.

"We kind of mentally weren't there in the second half and that was one of those learning experiences that we had throughout the season," explained Shahid.

Classmate Tyson Ward said after the loss to Denver the team was forced to take a hard look at themselves.

"We came in, we sat down, and were like 'how bad do we really want this?' We all got in together, we've been in the gym, we've been together in practice, more collective, and everything's rolling," said junior forward Tyson Ward.

It really is.

Since that loss the Bison have picked up five wins in six games with three of those on the road and head coach Dave Richman says the way his team is playing now is how he envisioned they could at the start of the season, but it's tough to win early when a team needs to gain some experience and the only way to learn is to play.

"We feel like we've got some talent. We feel like we've got some depth. There's good character in that locker room," explained Richman. "There's guys that care about each other. There's a tremendous competitive spirit. Between the lack of experience, between the brutal schedule that we played early we knew it was going to be tough and that's where I'm most pleased with our staff and our guys that everybody kind of stayed together and kept attacking it. That being said we've got so much left to do here come February and March."