Second half pushes Oregon State past UND
Oregon State used a 47-point second half to pull away from North Dakota, 83-66, on Sunday afternoon to close non-conference action from Gill Coliseum.
Brady Danielson had his best day as a Fighting Hawk (6-8) in the loss, scoring 18 points on a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, including hitting all four of his threes, while adding eight rebounds in 31 minutes of action.
Marlon Stewart paced all UND scorers with 19 points to be one of four players to reach double figures for the green and white. The Summit League's leader in assists per game added to his total with six dimes on the evening. De'Sean Allen-Eikens was the third Fighting Hawk to tally 10+ points, scoring 15 in a game-high 38 minutes of action. The redshirt freshman struggled from the field, hitting five of his 17 attempts, but pulled down eight rebounds.
Filip Rebraca continued to post double-doubles, as the league's leader notched his eighth of the year with 13 points and 10 rebounds while also adding four assists and two rejections. Ethan Thompson led all scorers with 25 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and three steals.
Both teams shot nearly the same percentage, with Oregon State (10-2) controlling the points in the paint, bench points, and points off turnovers. The Beavers finished with a 38-36 advantage on the glass and forced 17 turnovers while committing only seven themselves.
North Dakota was the better team from distance, hitting seven of its 16 tries for 43.8%. It was a rare struggle for the Hawks from the charity stripe, however, connecting on 13-of-22 for 59.1%.
It was a strong defensive start for both sides, as neither team could get anything going offensively through the game's first five minutes. A Rebraca layup off a dish from Kienan Walter finally put the Hawks into double digits and knotted the game at 10 with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half.
Oregon State answered with 10 straight of its own to push the advantage to 20-10, but the Fighting Hawks responded with eight consecutive to pull within a basket. Danielson added three points and an assist while Allen-Eikens tallied five points, capped off by a strong dunk, to force an Oregon State timeout with eight minutes to play in the first period.
The two-point deficit was as closes UND would get in the opening half, with OSU pushing its lead to eight, 36-28, after 20 minutes of play.
The Beavers carried their hot start to close the first half into the start of the second period, extending the advantage into double digits before Danielson and UND began to mount its comeback.
Danielson buried a pair of triples, while Stewart added a pair of makes from the charity stripe to bring the deficit down to just five, 45-40, with just over 15 minutes to go in the contest.
UND kept the game right around the five-point mark for the next few minutes, but Oregon State was able to blow it open. The Beavers saw their lead grow as high as 16, 65-49, before the visitors again chipped the lead down to single digits, 65-56, after a 7-0 run from Stewart and Rebraca, but that was as close as the Hawks would get as Oregon State put the finishing touches on its 17-point win.
North Dakota will open conference play on the road at Denver on Thursday evening from Magness Arena.