Men's Basketball Scoreboard (Feb. 8)

Men's Basketball Scoreboard (Feb. 8)

North Dakota State 69, Fort Wayne 58
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - TrayVonn Wright had 15 points Saturday, and North Dakota State took sole possession of the Summit League's top spot with a 69-58 over Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne trailed the entire game, but closed to within 64-58 with 2 minutes left.

Lawrence Alexander gathered his own miss for the Bison after a scoreless minute, and NDSU made 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Kory Brown had a big tip-in for NDSU with 3:15 left and threw a cross-court pass to Wright for a one-handed dunk that extended NDSU's lead to 64-56 with 2:12 left.

Brown had a career-high 13 points for NDSU (18-6, 7-2), which avenged an 11-point loss earlier in the season at Fort Wayne.

Steve Forbes had 17 points and Luis Jacobo added 12 as Fort Wayne (18-8, 6-3) dropped a game behind NDSU to a second-place tie with South Dakota State.

South Dakota State 83, IUPUI 59
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Jordan Dykstra scored 17 points as South Dakota State won its fourth straight with an 83-59 victory over IUPUI on Saturday.

South Dakota State (14-10, 6-3 Summit League) built a 42-27 halftime advantage and led by as many as 31 in the second half en route to its ninth straight win over IUPUI (5-21, 0-9).

Brayden Carlson added 14 points and Cody Larson had 13 for South Dakota State, which shot 8 of 19 from beyond the arc and committed just four turnovers.

Khufu Najee had 19 points for IUPUI, which shot 36.5 percent from the field and had just six assists, compared to the Jackrabbits' 18.

Omaha 71, Western Illinois 60
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Justin Simmons and John Karhoff scored 19 points each and Omaha defeated Western Illinois 71-60 on Saturday.

Mike Rostampour and CJ Carter added 10 points each for the Mavericks (15-9, 4-4 Summit League), who won their third consecutive game.

Garret Covington scored 21 points and Jabari Sandifer 14 for the Leathernecks (9-14, 3-5), who dropped their second straight.

Western Illinois made 7 of 16 3-point attempts and 19 of 21 free throws, plus tied the Mavericks on the boards. But they only made 32.7 percent of their shots overall and were hurt by 19 turnovers as Omaha made 13 steals.

The Leathernecks tied the game with 8:42 left before Karhoff scored to give Omaha lead back at 8:27 at 47-45. The Mavericks extended the lead to 55-47 with 4:37 left and the Leathernecks wouldn't get closer than seven after that.

Omaha shot 42.6 percent.

Denver 75, South Dakota 67
DENVER (AP) - Brett Olson scored a career-high 30 points to lead Denver, which committed a season-low five turnovers, past South Dakota 75-67 Saturday.

Olson also set career-highs for field goals (eight) and 3-point field goals (six).

After Tyler Flack's jumper with 7:55 left in the first half pulled South Dakota (9-14, 3-5 Summit) within one, but Denver closed the period with a 19-8 run -- capped by a Jalen Love 3-pointer -- to take a 38-26 advantage into the intermission.

The Coyotes trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half and didn't pull within single-digits until Casey Kasperbauer hit a 3 with 21 seconds remaining.

USD scored eight straight points over a 26 second span, including a 3-pointer by Trey Norris with 7 seconds to go, to make it 73-67, but Olson hit a pair of free throws two seconds late to seal the win for Denver (12-11, 5-3).