North Dakota State 69, IUPUI 61 (OT)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawrence Alexander scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting as North Dakota State hung on to beat IUPUI 69-61 in overtime Thursday night.
North Dakota State opened the overtime period on a 7-1 run, highlighted by two Alexander baskets and an A.J. Jacobson 3-pointer. Alexander and Jacobson combined for all 16 Bison points in OT.
IUPUI would trim its deficit as low as four in OT, but could not overcome the slow start.
Jacobson and Dexter Werner each added 10 points for North Dakota State (13-6, 5-1 Summit League). It was Alexander's eighth game this season with 20 or more points.
Paul Miller hit two free throws with 2:07 left to give NDSU a 53-51 lead with 2:07 left. IUPUI's Khufu Najee answered with a basket to tie the game and neither team scored again in regulation.
Aaron Brennan and P.J. Boutte each scored 10 points to lead the Jaguars (7-13, 3-3).
South Dakota 68, Western Illinois 58
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Bos scored 14 points, Eric Robertson added 12 and South Dakota rallied back from a halftime deficit to beat Western Illinois 68-58 on Thursday night.
The Leathernecks closed the first half on a 10-2 run to lead by eight points at intermission. Tyler Larson tied it at 37-all for South Dakota with 13:01 left to play and the Coyotes controlled the game from there, leading by as many as 15 points with 4:43 left on the clock.
Robertson scored nine of his points in the second half, while Bos scored 10 of his 14 before the break. Sekou Harris added 10 points and Larson finished with eight for the Coyotes (10-10, 4-2 Summit).
J.C. Fuller scored 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and Garret Covington added 15 for the Leathernecks (7-11, 2-5).