Fort Wayne 66, South Dakota 55
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Steve Forbes scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, Joe Edwards added 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and IPFW beat South Dakota 66-55 on Thursday.
Max Landis scored 10 for the Mastodons (10-11, 3-5 Summit League), who outshot the Coyotes 53.2 percent to 40 percent.
Tyler Larson put South Dakota up 20-17 with a layup, but IPFW ripped a 10-2 run to lead 27-22 on a layup by Landis, then scored six unanswered points to lead 33-24 at halftime.
Edwards hit two 3s early in the second half and the Mastodons led 44-35, then used an 8-2 run to pull ahead 54-41 after a layup by Landis. The Coyotes went scoreless for four minutes, but IPFW scored only six points during the drought. The Coyotes finished with an 8-2 run, but it wasn't enough.
James Hunter led South Dakota (10-12, 4-4) with 14 points.
North Dakota State 61, Denver 54
FARGO, N.D. (gobison.com) – Lawrence Alexander poured in 18 points after halftime to lift North Dakota State to a 61-54 overtime victory over Denver at Scheels Arena on Thursday evening. NDSU extended its home-court winning streak to 21 games, which is tied with Virginia for the seventh-longest active streak in the country.
NDSU (14-7, 6-2 Summit League) stays within one-half game of South Dakota State for first place in The Summit League. Alexander finished with 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range.
The Bison trailed by 11 points at 33-22 with 13:27 left in the second half. NDSU rattled off a 7-0 run at that point and eventually battled back to take a 43-42 lead on a layup by Kory Brown with 4:25 left.
NDSU's Dexter Werner made a free throw to tie the game at 47-47 with 56 seconds left in regulation, and Denver's Jalen Love missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.
The Bison never trailed in the OT period, taking the lead for good on a trey by freshman Paul Miller that made it 52-49 with 3:53 on the clock. NDSU went 7-for-10 at the free throw line in overtime.
Denver (9-12, 3-5 Summit) was led by 15 points from junior guard Nate Engesser.