North Dakota State 65, South Dakota State 62
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Marshall Bjorklund scored 20 points to lead North Dakota State over South Dakota State 65-62 Saturday night, overcoming 26 points from Nate Wolters.
Bjorklund was 8 of 8 from the field for the Bison (11-3, 2-0, Summit).
Lawrence Alexander had 18 points, and Taylor Braun had 11. TrayVonn Wright had nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Bison led 29-27 at halftime. At 4:56 in the second half, the Jackrabbits had a four-point lead (56-52). The Bison scored the next six points. Wolters gave the Jackrabbits a one point lead with 1:05 remaining, but Alexander made a layup, and the Bison hit two free throws.
The Bison shot 53.5 percent from the field for the game. The Jackrabbits shot 46 percent. The Jackrabbits had the rebounding edge 31-26.
Tony Fiegen had 14 points, and Brayden Carlson had 12 for the Jackrabbits (10-5, 1-1 Summit). Jordan Dykstra had nine rebounds.
Western Illinois 62, Fort Wayne 50
MACOMB, Ill (AP) - Jack Houpt and Adam Link scored 16 points apiece, helping Western Illinois defeat Fort Wayne 62-50 for the best start in school history as a Division I team.
The Leathernecks (10-3, 4-0 Summit) won their seventh straight game and bettered the 9-3 start from the 1986-87 team.
Ceola Clark added 14 points and six assists for Western Illinois, which shot 49 percent from the floor and hit 6 of 11 3-pointers. Houpt accounted for most of that, hitting 4 of 5 from long range.
Luis Jacobo scored 19 points and Joe Edwards had 10 for Fort Wayne (6-9, 0-2), which shot just 32 percent from the floor. Frank Gaines, who ranks fourth on the Mastodons' all-time scoring list, struggled through a 2 for 13 shooting performance and finished with eight points.
Oakland 84, IUPUI 62
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Travis Bader scored 27 points, including four 3-point baskets, to pace Oakland past IUPUI 84-62 on Saturday.
Oakland (6-9, 1-1 Summit) also got 12 points from Raphel Carter, who hit all five of his shots from the field. Cory Petros scored 10 points, and Drew Valentine scored eight to go with eight rebounds and seven steals.
IUPUI (6-11, 1-3) was led by Jordan Shanklin, who scored 17 points. P.J. Hubert scored 14 points and Mitchell Patton scored 10.
Oakland hit on 52.8 percent of its field-goal attempts, and IUPUI was a bit off at 37.7.
Oakland had a 34-16 scoring advantage in the paint and outscored IUPUI 23-12 off turnovers.
South Dakota 95, Omaha 72
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Brandon Bos had 23 points and 10 rebounds, leading four South Dakota players in double figures, and the Coyotes defeated Omaha 95-72 on Saturday.
South Dakota (6-8, 2-1 Summit) never trailed, led 52-29 at halftime and won on the road for the first time in six tries this season. They had lost 10 straight away from home dating to last season.
Trevor Gruis and Eric Robertson scored 15 points apiece for the Coyotes. Robertson played just 10 minutes, but hit all four of his 3-point attempts. Casey Kaperbauer added 14 points for South Dakota, which plays Monday at No. 25 Kansas State.
Omaha (3-12, 0-3) was led by John Karhoff with 18 points and seven rebounds. Justin Simmons scored 13 points and Alex Phillips added 11 for the Mavericks.
It was the schools' first meeting in the Summit League, but they were longtime rivals in the North Central Conference.
No. 25/25 Kansas State 52, Kansas City 44
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Rodney McGruder scored 17 points Saturday night, Thomas Gipson added 13 points and six rebounds and No. 25 Kansas State hung on down the stretch for a 52-44 victory over Kansas City.
The Wildcats (10-2) shot just 32 percent from the field, went 2 for 10 from beyond the arc and were just 16 of 31 from the foul line. Jordan Henriquez was scoreless in 12 minutes after his breakout game against the Gators, while Will Spradling managed eight points on 2-for-8 shooting.
Fred Chatmon had nine points and 16 rebounds for the `Roos (4-9), who were within 40-36 with 3:11 remaining before Nino Williams' three-point play gave the Wildcats some breathing room.
McGruder's soft floater in the lane moments later helped put the game away.
Thomas Staton finished with 13 points for the `Roos.
Chatmon had 10 first-half rebounds for the `Roos, and his two putbacks late in the half allowed Kansas City to cut into the lead. Staton's 3-pointer with just over a minute left helped to trim the Wildcats' advantage to just 25-21 at the break.
Kansas City kept hanging around early in the second half, too.
After a basket by McGruder with 12:59 left gave the Wildcats a 36-29 lead, they failed to score on their next six possessions, turning it over three times. That allowed the `Roos to score five quick points and trim the lead to 36-34, the closest they'd been since the opening minute.
Spradling finally managed to get something going for Kansas State, driving down the right side of the lane and taking advantage of a nice pick by Gipson for an easy layup.
Williams' three-point play and McGruder's floater in the lane allowed Kansas State to start getting comfortable, and Williams' driving basket with 1:38 to go ended the `Roos' upset bid.