North Dakota State 57, IUPUI 48
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Lawrence Alexander scored 17 points, A.J. Jacobson added 16 and North Dakota State pulled away in the second half for a 57-48 win over IUPUI on Thursday night.
The Bison (19-8, 11-3 Summit) erased an early eight-point deficit to lead 24-22 at the half but didn't put the game away until the closing minutes. The final score was the largest difference in the game.
Marcellus Barksdale had 15 points while D.J. McCall and DavRon Williams added 10 apiece for the Jaguars (9-18, 5-8). Williams also had 10 rebounds.
Mason Archie II converted a three-point play with 1:47 to play to pull IUPUI within 48-45 but the Bison, who were 11 of 19 from the line, made 9 of 10 free throws from there to close it out.
Carlin Dupree had six points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists for North Dakota State.
Oral Roberts 81, Omaha 78
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Obi Emegano scored 28 points and Oral Roberts hung on to beat Nebraska-Omaha 81-78 on Thursday.
Korey Billbury's layup with 3:13 put Oral Roberts up 74-69 with 3:13 to go. Randy Reed answered with a layup on the next possession for Omaha. Emegano made a pair from the line and after back-to-back misses on 3-pointers by CJ Carter and Reed, Aaron Young hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it a six-point game again.
Omaha's Devin Patterson made 1 of 2 from the line, and then scored in transition off a Reed steal. After another Oral Roberts turnover, Carter's layup drew Omaha within one at 77-76 with 47 seconds remaining.
But Emegano and Adrian Webber made two free throws apiece, and Tre'Shawn Thurman's desperation heave with one second left just missed.
Oral Roberts (15-12, 8-5 Summit) led 43-40 at intermission. Billbury finished with 14 points and 10 boards.
Patterson led Omaha (9-17, 3-11) with 23 points and Carter had 18.
Fort Wayne 63, Denver 47
DENVER (AP) — Joe Edwards scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting to help lead IPFW past Denver 63-47 on Thursday night.
Steve Forbes finished with 14 points and six rebounds and Mo Evans added 10 points and three steals for the Mastodons (15-11, 8-5 Summit League), who have won seven straight, their longest winning streak since the 1992-93 season.
IPFW was efficient offensively, hitting 20 of its 32 field-goal attempts (62.5 percent) while dishing out 14 assists. The Mastodons are 13-2 this season when shooting over 50 percent from the field.
IPFW trailed just once in the first half and led 28-23 at the break. They followed that up with a 16-0 run midway through the second half to push their lead past double digits.
Brett Olson scored 18 points for Denver (10-16, 4-9) which has lost six of seven.