NDSU, Denver Headed to Semi's in League Tourney

(Photo Credit: Inertia)
(Photo Credit: Inertia)


Game 1

The Basics
No. 5 North Dakota State 86, No. 4 Fort Wayne 82
Records: North Dakota State (15-16), Fort Wayne (18-14)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Fort Wayne entered The Summit League Men's Championship tournament as the No. 4 seed for the third time in school history, but unfortunately for the Mastodons, the 2018 team suffered the same fate as the teams in 2011 and 2015 as they fell to No. 5 seed North Dakota State on Saturday by the score of 86-82 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

The Bison, who made it to the championship game in 2016 as the No. 5 seed, opened the game on a 10-0 run. While Fort Wayne scored eight straight a few minutes later to cut the Bison lead to 12-10, the Mastodons never led in the game.

Up 30-24 with just over eight minutes left in the first half, NDSU scored eight in-a-row to turn the six point lead into a 14 point lead at 38-24. Heading into the locker room, the Bison held an 18 point advantage at 49-31.

The Bison lead reached as many as 23 points early in the second half, which allowed them to absorb a 12-2 Mastodon run that cut NDSU's 67-51 lead down to 69-64 with just under seven minutes on the clock.

Things tightened up even more down the stretch, as Fort Wayne cut the deficit to 80-78 with 2:04 on the clock, to 81-80 with 1:19 left and then to 82-20 with 0:29 left, but it would get no closer as NDSU hit just enough free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Paul Miller led the Bison, and tied for game-high honors, with 29 points, with Den Geu adding 14 off the bench and Tyson Ward 13 points in the win.

John Konchar and Bryson Scott also scored 29 points, with Konchar adding a game-high 12 rebounds to complete the game's only double-double. He also dished out a game-high six assists.

Turning Point

  • Leading 30-24 midway through the first half, North Dakota State used an 8-0 run to push its lead to 14 points at 38-24 with 6:09 left in the first half

Inside The Box Score

  • NDSU did not score a field goal over the last 3:22 of the game
  • NDSU held a 20-12 advantage in points in the paint in the first half, but Fort Wayne finished with a 36-30 edge at the end of the game
  • NDSU finished with a 23-11 advantage in bench points
  • North Dakota State scored 17 seconds into the game and never trailed at any point

News & Notes

  • Fort Wayne is 5-5 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and 6-10 all-time in the tournament
  • Fort Wayne falls to 0-3 all-time in the quarterfinals as a No. 4 seed (2011, 2015, 2018)
  • North Dakota State is 5-4 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and 12-6 all-time in the tournament
  • NDSU improves to 2-1 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals as a No. 5 seed
  • Konchar posted his sixth double-double of the season

Game 2

The Basics

Score: No. 6 Oral Roberts 88, No. 3 Denver 90 (2OT)
Records: Oral Roberts (11-21), Denver (15-14)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Joe Rosga banked in an off-balance 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and Denver held off Oral Roberts for a 90-88 victory on Sunday night in the second double-overtime game in Summit League Tournament history.

Freshman R.J. Fuqua made two free throws to give Oral Roberts a 68-65 lead, but Rosga quickly drove to the basket, was fouled at 11.3 and made two at the line. Austin Ruder made it a three-point lead again but Rosga took a handoff at the 3-point arc and his 3 hit the corner of the backboard and went through the net.

Denver forward Jake Krafka went 1 of 2 at the line with 21 seconds left in the second OT and the Pioneers didn't get off a final shot after losing control of it in the lane.

Third-seeded Denver (15-14) will play No. 2 seed South Dakota in the semifinals on Monday.

Daniel Amigo had his sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds for Denver. Ade Murkey had a career-high 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Rosga finished with 18 points and four 3-pointers.

Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Ruder each scored 20 points for six-seeded Oral Roberts (11-21).

Turning Point

  • Denver's Joe Rosga banked a three-point shot with five seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Inside The Box Score

  • Denver's Daniel Amigo recorded a double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds)
  • ORU's Austin Ruder connected on 6-of-13 three-point attempts
  • DU's Ade Murkey totaled 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists
  • ORU's Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Javan White each pulled down 10 rebounds
  • ORU went on a 17-3 run to take the lead with 2:24 remaining in regulation
  • Ten of the 14 lead changes occurred after 2:24 mark of the second half

News & Notes

  • The game marked only the second double overtime game in Summit League history and first since 1998. Oral Roberts has played in both contests.
  • Denver won its third tournament game in Summit League history, drawing its all-time record to 3-3 and moving into the semifinals for the first time since 2014
  • Nzekwesi scored all eight of ORU's eight points in the first overtime
  • The loss was ORU's first in an overtime Summit League Tournament game
  • Denver improved to 1-1 in double overtime games this season while ORU dropped to 1-1 in 2OT


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