MBB: Bison take weekend series against Leathernecks

MACOMB, Ill. (GoBison.com) – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team opened Summit League play with a 68-50 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon inside Western Hall.

The Bison led from start to finish, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes and never trailing. NDSU held a 39-23 advantage at halftime, and pushed its margin to as many as 21 points in the second half.

The Bison received contributions across the board from multiple players, topped by senior forward Rocky Kreuser with 17 points. Sophomore Maleeck Harden-Hayes put up 16 points and five rebounds, Tyree Eady had 13 points and four assists, and Sam Griesel registered a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

NDSU shot 47 percent for the game and limited the Leathernecks to 30-percent shooting. The Bison made 9-of-19 (47 percent) from beyond the arc, while WIU went 4-of-16 (25 percent).

NDSU freshman Dezmond McKinney recorded four points, six rebounds and four assists in a season-high 24 minutes.

The Bison have now won 16 of the last 17 games vs. the Leathernecks.

The North Dakota State men’s basketball team won 78-67 at Western Illinois on Sunday afternoon to move to 2-0 in Summit League play.

Six Bison players scored in double figures, led by junior Tyree Eady with 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Jarius Cook added 14 points, and freshman Grant Nelson scored 13 for NDSU.

Bison junior Sam Griesel finished with 10 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.

NDSU shot 53 percent for the game, while Western Illinois made 42 percent. The Bison committed just seven turnovers in the game.

WIU led 18-11 six minutes into the contest, but back-to-back threes from Cook and a bucket by Nelson erased that margin. Cook drained four three-pointers in the first half, including two more in a 9-2 Bison run that gave NDSU the lead for good at 34-27.

The Bison held a 43-34 advantage at halftime, and NDSU led by as many as 16 at 50-34 after opening the second half with a 7-0 run.

NDSU (4-6 overall, 2-0 Summit) returns home to host Omaha on Friday, Jan. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 9, in doubleheaders with the Bison women. Tickets are available at GoBison.com/tickets.