North Dakota State 91, Santa Clara 85
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (gobison.com) – Taylor Braun scored 21 points to lead six Bison players in double figures as the North Dakota State men's basketball team held on for a 91-85 road victory over Santa Clara Friday.
Braun set the NDSU school record for most free throws made in a game without a miss, going a perfect 19-for-19 at the charity stripe. As a team, NDSU was 32-for-36 in free throws.
Mike Felt (15), Lawrence Alexander (15), Marshall Bjorklund (13), TrayVonn Wright (12) and Kory Brown (10) all joined Braun with double-digit scoring in the contest.
NDSU (3-3) advances to play Rider in the title game of the 47th annual Cable Car Classic at approximately 10:15 p.m. (PT)/8:15 p.m. (CT) on Saturday night. Rider posted a 97-93 overtime victory over Rice in Friday's first game.
NDSU shot 27-for-46 (58.7 percent) for the game after going 17-for-21 (81 percent) in the first half to take a 50-39 halftime lead. Wright went 6-of-6 from the floor, and Bjorklund was 6-of-7.
Brandon Clark led Santa Clara (2-3) with 32 points.
Illinois 57, Fort Wayne 55
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Rayvonte Rice scored 17 points and Tracy Abrams added 15, including 12 in the second half, as Illinois held off feisty Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne for a 57-55 win on Friday.
Joseph Bertrand added 11 points for the Illinois (7-0).
The Illini overcame a miserable shooting night to make up an 11-point first half deficit mostly because the Mastodons (6-3) were just 2 of 13 from the free throw line in the game.
Illinois was a little better at the line but shot only 39.2 percent from the field including just 19 percent from 3-point range. They turned the ball over 14 times and were outrebounded by IPFW, 39-33.
Luis Jacobo led the Mastodons with 15 points, Pierre Bland added 12 and Steve Forbes and Mo Evans had 11 points each for IPFW.
Pepperdine 68, Denver 56
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - After spotting Denver a 5-0 lead to start the game, Pepperdine allowed only 10 more points in the first half, led by 23 at intermission and cruised to a 68-56 victory on Friday at the Great Alaska Shootout.
Stacy Davis scored 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and has now scored 20 or better in five of six games. The Waves (5-2) hit 25 of 35 field goals and set a Shootout record with their 71.4-percent accuracy. Brendan Lane added 12 points for Pepperdine. The hot shooting helped the Waves overcome 15 turnovers.
Jalen Love scored 20 points, including four 3s, for the Pioneers (0-4), who came back from as many as 24 down in the second half to 12 at the final buzzer. The cold-shooting Pioneers hit just 19 of 56 shots for 33.9 percent, 8 of 23 from 3-point range.
Brett Olson scored 10 for Denver.
UC Santa Barbara 83, South Dakota State 64
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Alan Williams filled up the box score with a career-high 39 points to go along with eight blocks and nine rebounds as UC Santa Barbara defeated South Dakota State on Friday night 83-64.
The Gauchos (3-2) took over after the break, as they scored 51 second half points after only leading by two in a low scoring first half 32-30. Williams went 10-of-12 from the field in the second half to score 26 of his 39 points.
Chad White led the Jackrabbits (3-5) with 12 points and Cody Larson had 11.
The Gauchos held South Dakota State to 43 percent shooting, and scored 17 points off 15 Jackrabbit turnovers. Williams's blocked shots were big, as the Gauchos scored 34 points in the paint compared to 14 by South Dakota State.
Chattanooga 87, IUPUI 76
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Z. Mason had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead Chattanooga over IUPUI in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.
Mason led all five Chattanooga starters in double figures. Casey Jones added 14 points and nine rebounds, Gee McGhee scored 14 and Greg Pryor and Lance Stokes had 13 each. Mason was 12 of 18 from the floor and 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
Chattanooga (3-5) led 45-33 at half but IUPUI (1-7) closed the gap to 58-56 on Donovan Gibbs layup with 10:59 to go. The Mocs answered with a 10-2 run and led by no less than 8 after that. Chattanooga outrebounded the Jaguars 37-21.
IUPUI had only eight turnovers but allowed Chattanooga to shoot 58.8 percent from the field. Ja'Rob McCallum was 8 of 13 for a career-high 25 points for the Jaguars. Ian Chiles had 15 and Khufu Najee 13.