North Dakota State 66, IUPUI 60
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Lawrence Alexander scored 17 points to lead North Dakota State past IUPUI 66-60 Thursday night.
A layup by Alexander with 4:55 remaining gave NDSU a 57-45 lead before a 15-6 run -- including a pair of 3s from Ja'Rob McCallum and a third by Justus Stanback -- from IUPUI closed the gap to three with 32 seconds left.
Taylor Braun made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 64-60 before a missed 3-pointer and a turnover following the offensive rebound set up a dunk by Braun to close the scoring.Braun finished with 14 points and Jordan Aaberg scored 11. Kory Brown made 5 of 5 from the field, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.
North Dakota State was 0 for 10 from 3-point range, but shot 51.8 percent overall.
Mitch Patton scored 16 and grabbed eight rebounds for IUPUI.
South Dakota State 79, Fort Wayne 51
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Jordan Dykstra scored 18 points and Cody Larson added 17 as South Dakota State outshot Fort Wayne 79-51 on Thursday night in moving to within one loss of league leaders Fort Wayne and North Dakota State in the Summit League.
South Dakota State (13-10, 5-3 Summit League) broke out to a 43-30 lead over the Mastodons at the break and never let up, outscoring Fort Wayne 36-21 in the second half. The Jackrabbits shot 50 percent from the field, including 10 of 19 from long range, while holding IPFW to 35 percent and only 6 of 24 from 3-point range. South Dakota State controlled the boards 42-30.
Chad White contributed 15 points for the Jackrabbits, who have won three in a row.
Steve Forbes (10 points) was the only Fort Wayne (18-7, 6-2) player in double figures, while team leader Luis Jacobo (15.2 points per game) was held to just 9 points.