FARGO, N.D. – Sophomore Jared Samuelson set a new North Dakota State single-game record with nine three-pointers made to help the NDSU men's basketball team roll to an 87-53 win over the Mayville State University Comets Tuesday, Feb. 13, inside the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
Samuelson, who led the Bison (13-14) with a career-high 32 points, made 10 of 15 shots from the field, including nine of 13 attempts from downtown. The nine treys eclipsed the previous single-game record of eight, set by Lawrence Alexander in 2015.
A.J. Jacobson added 12 points and went a flawless 5-for-5 from the floor, while Cameron Hunter netted 11 points and dished out a game-high four assists. Spencer Eliason also reached double figures, scoring 10 points.
Tyson Ward paced North Dakota State on the glass with a game-high six rebounds.
NDSU shot 51 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range, and went 85 percent at the free-throw line in the contest.
The Bison posted a 39-29 advantage in rebounding and outscored Mayville State (14-9) in the paint, 34-20.
North Dakota State utilized a 14-0 run at the end of the first-half to turn a one-point deficit into a 13-point lead going into halftime.
Samuelson sparked the surge with back-to-back three-pointers, before Hunter converted a pair of free throws, and Jacobson drove to the basket for a layup, giving NDSU a 35-26 advantage with 1:17 remaining in the stanza. Hunter capped the run with a jumper and layup in the final minute of the frame.
Mayville State would get no closer than 10 the remaining 20 minutes of the game.
Gorg Alhag led the Comets with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Fort Wayne Saturday, Feb. 17, in the final home game of the regular season. Tip-off from the Scheels Center is slated for 2 p.m.